February 10, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Larry “Skip” Miller, assistant professor in Industrial
and Engineering Technology, right, talks to Ohio Governor
Ted Strickland, left, about a project in the Plastics Lab
through a partnership with Zyvex Performance Materials in
Columbus with two of the students who will be working on the
project, Dan Prager, of Portsmouth, left and Gerrika Fizer,
of Columbus, right. The students demonstrated some of the
equipment in the Plastics Lab to Strickland.
Ohio Governor Visits Shawnee
On Monday, Feb. 1, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland toured the
Motion Capture studio, the Plastics Lab and the new
University Center at Shawnee State University along with SSU
President Rita Rice Morris, Provost David Todt, faculty,
staff and other visitors beginning in the Advanced
Technology Center Clark Planetarium.
Miller, assistant professor in Industrial and Engineering
Technology, talked to Strickland about a project in the
Plastics Lab through a partnership with Zyvex Performance
Materials in Columbus that received a $5 million Third
Frontier grant to help the company become an industry leader
in advanced composite materials.
Plastics Lab, in cooperation with SSU’s Motion Capture
facility and the simulation and gaming programs, is working
to characterize advanced nanotechnology materials and
develop training simulations for new manufacturing
third-year students demonstrated the use of some of the
equipment in the Plastics Lab, Gerrika Fizer, of Columbus,
and Dan Prager, of Portsmouth. Both of the students will be
working with Zyvex Third Frontier grant project on
the largest industry in Ohio, generating $49 billion a year
for the state. SSU offers the only four-year bachelor’s
program in Plastics Engineering Technology in Ohio.
director of Facilities at SSU, showed the governor a new
geothermal system that is used in the new University Center
facility. The system works by using 58-degree ground water
to cool the unit’s condensers, instead of a traditional
SSU has two
underground wells that are capable of pumping 600 gallons of
water per minute. The geothermal system reduces water
consumption, uses less electricity to operate and uses no
chemicals in the treatment of the water used.
geothermal energy management system was installed as part of
our University Center expansion,” Morris said. “This system
allows SSU to go green, enabling us to cool the University
Center and the ATC building in a more eco-friendly and
took the governor to the new Motion Capture Studio in the
ATC where Nick Compton, of Grove City, a fourth-year Fine
and Digital Arts student, and Donald Bush, of Athens, a
fourth-year Digital Game Simulation student, demonstrated
the technology that will be used for the training
simulations for the Plastics Lab.
Capture is a critical addition to the gaming and simulation
programs at SSU and the creation of 21st century jobs in
southern Ohio, particularly in the emerging gaming field.
The Motion Capture Studio is part of the university’s plans
to develop an Immersive Technology and Arts Center that will
support the Digital Simulation and Gaming programs, giving
SSU a competitive advantage in educational technology.
entertainment side of the motion capture field is a $12
billion a year industry and the simulation/interactive
education side of the field is a $48 billion a year
Capture is used in military applications, sports,
construction and the medical fields.
complementing other high tech programs in the region, SSU’s
Motion Capture Studio will attract additional corporations
to the region and support Ohio’s initiatives for the
creation of high tech jobs,” Morris said.
Motion Capture demonstration, Morris took the governor on a
tour of the new University Center.