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FAU Students Collaborate to Develop and Market Mobile Applications

BOCA RATON, FL (July 9, 2012) — Florida Atlantic University’s engineering, business, graphic design and anthropology students recently teamed up to develop mobile applications during a groundbreaking interdisciplinary course titled “Android App Design and Project Management.” The experiential learning course was designed to expose students to the entire product and business development life cycle for a mobile application.

The outcome of this non-traditional course was seven new and marketable applications, including:

  • Quick Key Campus – an emergency call application intended for students in an emergency situation. The application has a special code for setting off an emergency alert on the phone and notifying university authorities and emergency support services.
  • Croyza – an application that tracks symptoms for patients so they can give doctors a complete journal of all problems, aches and pains as they happen throughout the day.
  • DocQuest – an application that allows people to find doctors, see reviews and make appointments.
  • ePrescription – a prescription tracking application which sets a schedule and notifies the user that it’s time to take their medications.
  • eScriptPlus – an application that allows doctors to electronically write prescriptions, send them to the pharmacy for fulfillment and keeps a record for each patient. This procedure will be needed to comply with new government regulation that all prescriptions have to be electronic with at least 40 percent of all Medicare being automated by 2013.
  • EvaculateNow! – an application specifically geared to support organizations that help elderly and handicapped patients during the time of crisis like hurricanes and tornadoes. This too lets these organizations comply with government regulations.
  • Uninsured Solutions – is an insurance tracking application for the uninsured in the area who need to find support, especially emergency support without insurance.

"It was not as easy as we initially thought it was, but through much dedication and teamwork, our team succeeded in accomplishing what we would like to consider the first step in a 'Quick Key' style of application,” said Rufus Jones, an engineering student and Quick Key Campus team member.

Many of the other teams also will continue to work on their projects after the completion of the course.

“Students are securing invaluable real-world experience in working with other team members, across ‘cultures’ in a microcosm of the real-world and its challenges,” said Ravi Shankar, Ph.D., MBA, professor in the department of computer and electrical engineering and computer science within FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We have been working across disciplines in developing mobile applications in different courses since Fall 2009 and have created twenty-six other marketable applications and worked with teams of 350 students at all levels from high school to graduate level in developing such applications,”

The course was co-offered by FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Business, and College of Arts & Letters. Under the tutelage of four instructors — Ravi Shankar, Ph.D., MBA, Professor, from engineering; Fran McAfee, MFA, Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; Michael Harris, Ph.D., Chair of Department of Anthropology, also from the same college; and Jeanne McConnell, MBA, an instructor in the College of Business — students were given practical experience where cross discipline teams were able to create viable products using Android software.

Although each of the professors lectured separately and had their own course requirements, all students had a large portion of the grade dependent on their team’s outcome.

Shankar and McAfee are currently teaching an additional eLearning interdisciplinary course this summer with 30 local and remote engineering and arts students. For more information on FAU students’ android developments, visit or contact Ravi Shankar at


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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