MIM Students Showcase Innovative Research to Solve Cities' Problems

MIM Students Showcase Innovative Research to Solve Cities' Problems

MIM Students Showcase Innovative Research to Solve Cities' Problems 

On May 12, several Masters in Information Management students particpated in the PALS program, showcasing impressive work under the titles EMS Hot Spot Analyis and ADA Online Survey Tool.  The projects employ aggregating raw data and producing accessible data visualizations and analysis. You can hear the students discuss their work here (interview starts at 9:54).

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is administered by the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). It is a campus-wide initiative that harnesses the expertise of UMD faculty and the energy and ingenuity of UMD students to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students. The wide range of disciplines collaborating through PALS allows the partnering jurisdiction to address many real-world challenges. Faculty, who volunteer for the PALS program because of their interest and commitment to action learning, incorporate the jurisdiction’s specific issues as part of their course’s applied exercise. Students then get to put classroom concepts and inventive thinking to work to complete these sustainability-focused projects while working with a real client and producing a useful product for the partner city or county.

About the National Center for Smart Growth

The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe. Located at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, just eight miles from Washington, D.C., the National Center for Smart Growth was founded in 2000 as a cooperative venture of four University of Maryland schools: Architecture, Planning and PreservationPublic PolicyAgriculture and Natural Resources, and Engineering. The mission of the Center is to bring the diverse resources of the University of Maryland and a network of national experts to bear on issues related to land use and the environment, transportation and public health, housing and community development, and international urban development. The Center accomplishes this through independent, objective, interdisciplinary research, outreach and education. It is aided in these efforts with the work of its five affiliated centers: the Environmental Finance Center, the Center for the Use of Sustainable Practices, the Transportation Policy Research Group, the Housing Strategies Group, and the Planning & Design Center.