Showcase 2022

Professor Steven A. Hauck, II teaches courses on the landscape and interior of the Earth and other solid bodies in our solar system from a geological perspective. He saw an opportunity to use mixed reality to build 3-D thinking skills of geology students by appreciating details from a more "natural" perspective, such as walking around a digital environment to gather context and to change perspective. Mixed reality could also allow for otherwise impossible field visits, as well, such as volcanoes on Hawaii or the surface of the planet Mercury. 

The app that Professor Hauck created during his fellowship (Planetary Toolbox) contains a growing set of modules including an immersive 3-D visualization of the planets in our solar system (SolarSystem), a simulation of drill sampling to map a subterranean environment (DigSite), and a tool for turning 2-D topographic maps into their respective 3-D formats (Topography).


The IC Fellows Cohort is Provost-sponsored initiative since 2022 to expand CWRU's homegrown mixed reality (MR) educational programming throughout the university in ways that benefit learners. This one-year fellowship is free and open to all CWRU faculty and staff. Once selected, Fellows meet weekly at the IC to become fluent in the application and best practices of MR as a teaching tool and receive support in the design, build, and execution of customized MR applications.