Pushing Marshall Forward through technology innovation


Part of Marshall University Information Technology, the Technology Innovation, Exploration & Research Lab is staffed by student interns, contributing to various projects to improve student and staff experience across the entire University.

Active Projects

Our students are hard at work to innovate the way you interact with Marshall University IT. Learn more about all the active projects. You can view previous projects here.

Project Name Description Student Team Status
Service Desk Queue Manager Visitors to the IT Service Desk will be able to pre-populate basic information by tapping their MUID on a reader to sign in. Additionally, the IT Service Desk will be able to take schedule appointments for visits. Robert Gaum, Yigitcan Celik In-Development
Computer Usage Analytics Usage analytics will be provided for Drinko Library computers to gather when the most users are signed on, and which computer is in use. Using this data, we will be able to image and perform updates at the times when usage is low to prevent interruption. Yigitcan Celik In-Development
Facial Recognition System Using facial recognition, we will be able to gather more data about experiences in the library, and who is in restricted rooms and when. This will provide a layer of security and analytical data for our use. Shahid Ali Completed
Chatbot Using artificial intelligence, the IT Chatbot Assistant will be available to assist students and staff with various troubleshooting scenarios. Yangbo Song In-Development
Social Media Marketing Special event planning for campus outreach to Marshall Students regarding MUIT services. Carolyn Ball, Kristin Salustro In-Progress

Our Team

Our student team has a diverse set of skills and backgrounds. Learn more about themselves and their passions. View previous interns here.

Student Interns

Carolyn Ball
Adam D’Alessandro
Carolyn is a sophomore pursuing her B.B.A. in Marketing, and is anticipating to graduate in May 2020. She is the TIER Lab Marketing intern, responsible for utilizing various social media outlets and event coverage to promote MUIT services. Carolyn is very involved on campus and maintains officer positions in her sorority, Marshall’s Panhellenic Council, and the Student Recreation Council. Carolyn enjoys spending time with family, friends, and all things Marshall! As a Veteran, I have spent time living all over the country and traveling the world. I am a Digital Forensics student in my third year. I am the oldest of five brothers and sisters. In my free time, I enjoy the gym and playing Xbox one. Home for me is Colorado. I am hoping that the knowledge I learned in the USAF will translate into something on the civilian side.
Preston McNair
Kevin Mullins
Preston is a senior Digital Forensics and Information Assurance major expected to graduate in May 2018. Preston serves as a Student Assistant in Information Technology assisting the interns with any logistical needs they may have. Preston is also a member of Google’s Top Contributor Program and serves as a Trusted Flagger and Policy Ambassador for YouTube. He is passionate about information security, the Internet of Things, consumer electronics, and digital media. Kevin Mullins is a senior pursuing his degree in CIT. He loves spending time tinkering with anything electronic and playing video games. He is an avid League of Legends and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds player. He also love college football, Go Herd! He spent his entire summer as an intern for Marshall and has enjoyed his time
Owen Guilliams
Yangbo Song
Owen is a Junior Digital Forensics and Information Assurance major expected to graduate in May 2019. He is a member of the Marshall University Chamber choir and Marching band, and serves as the Secretary of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Zeta Eta Chapter. In his free time he plays video games such as Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds, CS:GO, Overwatch, and R6S. Yangbo is a Graduate Student pursuing his Masters in Business Administration. However, he has already received his Masters of Science degree in computer science in Marshall University in May 2016. Yangbo serves as a Student Assistant and collaborator in the Information Technology team. Because Yangbo has a strong curiosity about network-related technology, he is working hard in the network area. Yangbo is a Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Cisco Network Professional (CCNP), and Internet of Things.
Yigitcan Celik
Kristin Salustro
Yigitcan is a Graduate Student pursuing his M.S. degree in Computer Science, expecting to graduate in May, 2018. He is originally from Turkey. He has graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) with a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. He mainly has experience on web development but also enjoys developing mobile applications. Kristin is a senior pursuing her B.B.A. in Marketing, and is expected to graduate in May 2018. She is currently the TIER Lab Marketing intern, responsible for social media outlets and event coverage. Kristin is very involved on campus, maintaining membership to various clubs and organizations including the American Marketing Association. Her interests include various forms of Internet and promotions marketing, as well as involvement in philanthropic efforts.
Leh Osborne
Nicholas Price
I am currently a senior pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance. My interests are information security and forensics. While I am not sitting in class or hanging with my friends, you can find me at the Marshall Rec Center where I work as a Facility Manager. My main goal is to leave a positive impact wherever I end up. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt I’m a junior in Computer Information Technology. I’ve always been interested in how things work since I was young. I’m a sports fan, my favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds.
Alymbek Damir Uulu
Frederick Pierson
I am a sophomore and an international student at Marshall. My current major is Computer Science. I came from Kyrgyzstan, a small country in Central Asia. I started programming when I was 14 y.o. I enjoy reading Agatha Christie’s detective books. I am interested in Blockchain technology. Frederick is a senior Computer Information Technology major expected to graduate in May 2019. Passionate about programming and eager to learn, he began developing programs for his graphing calculator when he was only 9. Although experienced with desktop, web, and mobile programming, he continues to read about and learn new technologies regularly. He is also a Society of Physics Students member, helping his club program an autonomous robotic boat for entry in the Roboboat competition. In his spare time, he enjoys playing old-school first-person-shooters such as Doom, Quake, and Unreal.


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