GlobITpro

Pictured in the photo are Jeremiah Johnson (left), Andrew Van Zeeland (right) with students at Technische Universitat Braunschweig.

GlobITpro celebrates successful first year

GlobITpro, an international student exchange program that focuses on entrepreneurship, global collaboration and information technology management, had a successful first year, according to Dr. Matt Germonprez, associate professor of IS and director of the UW-Eau Claire GloblTpro.

During the program's inaugural year, UW-Eau Claire students Andrew Cook (management), Justin Howard (IS), Jeremiah Isaacson (IS) and Andrew Van Zeeland (computer science) studied in Austria and Germany. UW-Eau Claire also hosted two students from Austria and one student from Germany in 2010, and will host two students from Austria in fall 2011.

One UW-Eau Claire student has already applied the information he gained through GloblTpro. Inspired by his experience, Jeremiah Isaacson is developing a concept for a smartphone application which he hopes to commercialize. He received a $1,000 faculty/student collaborative research grant from the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to explore the technology behind his idea, and a $3,000 grant from the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneur Program CEO Idea Challenge to purchase hardware needed to develop and test the concept. In May 2011, he applied for intellectual property patents.

GlobITpro is a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Management Center in Innsbruck, Austria, and Technische Universitat in Braunschweig, Germany. The program is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education and the European Union Ministry of Education.

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