SHIPPENSBURG — Nearly 400 Shippensburg University students will participate in the university’s Celebration of Student Research Conference this year.
Kent Myers, global director of advanced engineering project management for Volvo Construction Equipment, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Memorial Auditorium. The conference is from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Ceddia Union Building. Both events are open to the public.
The annual event highlights the year-long efforts by students who collaborate with faculty to conduct research in various areas. This year’s conference will feature 124 poster presentations and 120 oral presentations on topics such as white collar crime, understanding the sense of humor and how Facebook influences academic achievement among college students.
“I think that where the conference finds its true value is that it encourages students and faculty to work together on projects not fully addressed in class,” said Marc Renault, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the university’s advisory council on undergraduate research.
Myers manages a global team of project managers and a multi-million dollar portfolio of more than 50 advanced engineering projects at Volvo Construction Equipment’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg. He supports development and implementation of new technology leading to the early phases of new product development in more than eight countries, including China, South Korea, Brazil and Germany.