Information Technology

Marquette County Broadband Initiative

Northern Michigan University

Bob Eslinger, Director, Center for Rural Community and Economic Development, Northern Michigan University

The Marquette County Broadband Initiative has joined forces with CONNECT Michigan by enrolling in the Connected Certified Community program. This initiative offers a comprehensive way to bridge the digital divide impacting many communities, including Marquette County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, by building community partnerships to assess broadband access, adoption, and use issues.

Contact: Bob Eslinger,, (906) 227-1683

Michigan Cyber Range and its Impact on Cyber Security Education in the State

Eastern Michigan University

Gerald V. "Skip" Lawver, Associate Professor; Director, Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE), Eastern Michigan University

The Michigan Cyber Range is a cloud-based education, training, and testing platform operated by Merit Network, Inc. Utilizing Merit's extensive fiber optic network, the Cyber Range is currently connected to 60% of the K-12 ISD/RESAs in the state, resulting in over a million Michigan students having access to the Range's courses and lab exercises through secure networking technology. Industry partners will utilize the same hardware to conduct training and security exercises, as well as to test new products and procedures. The Cyber Range's strategic goal is to build, train, and equip the state's workforce through the entire spectrum.

Contact: Gerald V. "Skip" Lawver,, (734) 323-5130 (cell) or (734) 487-3170

The W. E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change

Western Michigan University

David Dickason, Director; Margaret Spyker-Temkow, GIS Analyst; Greg Anderson, GIS Specialist, W. E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change, Western Michigan University

By converting large-format maps, charts, air photos, atlases and drawings into digital form using hyper-accurate, proprietary imaging technologies, the Upjohn Center is preserving priceless national, state, and private archives. This work is essential for emergency management, real estate marketing, land management, recreation, tourism, planning, and much more, including climate change and sustainability studies. Versatile maps are GPS-enabled for use unplugged from the Web and the grid. New digital maps for prosumers' mobile devices using Apple iOS will be available in 2013.

Contact: David Dickason,, (269) 387-3365