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New Jersey College and FAA Flying High with Joint Venture: AMX System Helps Federal Aviation Administration Employees Attend Class without Leaving the Office

Magazine article University Business

New Jersey College and FAA Flying High with Joint Venture: AMX System Helps Federal Aviation Administration Employees Attend Class without Leaving the Office

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STOCKTON COLLEGE AND THE FAA TECH Center are geographically close in New Jersey, but intellectually even closer thanks to their shared interest in technology, research, and collaboration.

These collective pursuits led experts at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to design and install a high-tech classroom at the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes Technical Center, which is located about 15 minutes from the school's campus.

"At Stockton, we are educating the next generation of air traffic controllers and researchers," said Demetrios Roubos, technical coordinator of audiovisual systems at Stockton. the "That program feeds quality people into the FAA. They recognized that and wanted to build a classroom at their location."

This joint project earned Stockton College the AMX Innovation Collaboration Initiatives Award. "It's nice to see the recognition now because we worked on this project a while ago," Roubos said. "It's also nice because the FAA folks still appreciate it. It's been a year, and they're still thrilled with it."

"The model for the new collaborative learning space was Stockton's electronic classroom, featuring AMX control equipment and touch panels, a podium computer, switching equipment to project onto a larger screen, document camera, speakers, and amplifiers. The use of the AMX control equipment and touch panel interfaces enabled a simplistic user interface for ease of use with a wide array of usage scenarios within the facility. Many of Stockton's electronic classrooms are videoconferencing and lecture-capture capable, of particular importance to the FAA for continued collaboration."

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"When we set out to design this room, videoconferencing kept coming up," Roubos said. …

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