Technology

Huffine offers software consulting with a personal touch

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Susan Huffine brings a personal touch to computer software issues. Huffine has launched HSC Services – Huffine Software Consulting Services – as a full-time business in August. She started the business in March as a part-time endeavor. Now the 1982 graduate of Bowling Green High School is offering knowledge acquired over several decades to area businesses. The software consultant offers a range of services, all customized to the customer’s particular requirements. That includes finding just what software a company needs and how to adapt it to its operations “so the software can work for their company rather than them working for the software.” Huffine also consults on how best to manage systems and analyze a business’s processes. She can set up a basic website and creating advanced databases and spreadsheets for companies. That wide range of services is all delivered with a personal touch. “I need to listen to them,” she said. “I need to ask them questions before I can get to the nitty gritty of what they really need. I cannot create database without them, constantly meeting with them asking questions.” Huffine comes from family of business people. Her father, Bob Huffine,…


BGSU hosting STEM in the park, Sept. 24

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS STEM in the Park, a free family day of hands-on fun at Bowling Green State University, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Perry Field House, with plenty of free parking available. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the Park will feature interactive displays and activities created by community partners, local businesses and area universities to engage children of all ages in the STEM fields. More than 140 unique hands-on STEM activity stations will be offered for individuals and families to enjoy. This event allows participants to make ice cream, dabble in robotics, launch pop rockets, pet lizards and much more. Everyone who attends the event will receive an event map, take home free STEM materials and activity ideas, and enjoy a complimentary catered lunch. Last year’s event drew more than 4,300 visitors from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Back by popular demand is the “Science of Sports” zone, which displays activity stations that examine how fast participants can run, how high participants can jump, and how far participants can throw a ball. New this year will be a golf simulator where participants can take part in the…


BGSU hosts forum on “The Broadband Imperative”

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Like water, sewers and electricity, broadband has become an essential, fourth utility. Sufficient access is now critical to the economic success and survival of communities, whether urban, suburban or rural. Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development is partnering with the Dublin, Ohio-based Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community to explore the challenges, opportunities and next steps involved in the effort to create an “Intelligent Ohio” through the deployment, access and use of broadband capabilities. The center will host a forum on “The Broadband Imperative: Creating an Intelligent Ohio” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The agenda will include an overview of the broad band imperative, a brief case study of a community that has seen success through deployment and an hour of gathering input from attendees about their challenges and needs in order to move forward with deployment. In order to help plan seating space, attendees are requested to register http://globalinstitute.dublinohiousa.gov/events/the-broadband-imperative-creating-an-intelligent-ohio-northwest-region Now sponsored by the city of Dublin, the intelligent community institute will eventually become a nonprofit organization. Its goal is to serve as a resource for local governments and as a consortium of…


McKinney returns to Air Force Academy to brush up on drones, robots & big data

From BGSU OFFICE F MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Earl McKinney took his faculty improvement leave (FIL) to new heights. McKinney, interim chair of BGSU’s Department of Accounting and Management of Information Systems (MIS), spent last year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at his alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy. A former aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the military, McKinney used the opportunity to study how the Air Force uses drones and semi-autonomous robots and how it uses Big Data to make decisions and enhance coordination efforts. At the Air Force Academy, McKinney taught MIS classes and a class that combined elements of organizational behavior and organizational theory to juniors and seniors. “Other activities included helping to initiate a plan to create a new MIS major, focusing attention on how to improve the management of the school’s network and infrastructure and mentoring junior faculty. I also had the chance to begin research projects on Big Data with academy faculty,” he said. What McKinney hopes to bring back to the BGSU classroom is the application of drones and semi-autonomous robots to more common business applications “to see how robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming the workplace.” According to McKinney,…