WASHINGTON, PA (August 7, 2012)—Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) has been awarded an Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation to develop mobile applications for data collection on smartphones and tablet computers.
These funds will enable professors in Archaeology, Biology, and Computing and Information Studies, among others, to work with students to build cutting-edge mobile applications (apps). The apps will then be used to collect and analyze data from various projects locally and around the world. The grant recognizes the sophisticated work being done by technology students at W&J, and will provide an additional way for students to continue to assist local non-profit groups that make use of their services.
“We are excited and honored to win an Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation,” said Dr. Samuel Fee, professor of Computing and Information Studies. “These funds will enable our organization to further engage the students of W&J with technology in an effort to enhance their learning.”
Empowerment Grants support U.S.-based nonprofit organizations in the development of mobile applications to enrich the communities they serve. This year, 42 non-profits received Empowerment Grants to engage in a wide variety of outreach activities, ranging from technology-literacy education and app boot camps to collecting data for research projects to peer mentoring for students through the use of technology.
“The Empowerment Grants program allows organizations to infuse technology into their communities,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation. “On behalf of Motorola Mobility, I’d like to sincerely congratulate this year’s exceptional and inspiring group of grantees.”
About Washington & Jefferson College
Washington & Jefferson College, located in Washington, PA, is a national liberal arts college founded in 1781. Committed to providing each of its students with the highest-quality undergraduate education available, W&J offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum emphasizing interdisciplinary study and independent student work. For more information about W&J, visit www.washjeff.edu or call 888-926-3529.
About Motorola Mobility Foundation
The Motorola Mobility Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Mobility seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Mobility Foundation focuses its funding on education, community, health and wellness and disaster relief. For more information, on Motorola Mobility Corporate and Foundation giving, visit Motorola.com/give.