Riverside Research Sponsors the University of Dayton's Annual MIS Senior Capstone Project

DAYTON, OH – Riverside Research, a not-for-profit company and leading technical advisor in the development and application of full-spectrum geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities, teamed up with the University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration to sponsor a student project, entitled “GEOINT Automated Response Processing Database,” as part of the University’s annual Management Information Systems (MIS) Senior Capstone Project.  

Riverside Research submitted a project proposal in summer 2013, which was selected by university faculty for participation in the academic program. The MIS capstone project is designed to provide students with an integrative learning opportunity via hands-on experience in MIS-related disciplines, while emphasizing formal project management methodologies.

Working together proved to be a beneficial endeavor for both parties. Riverside Research gained a valuable resource: four capable minds willing to learn about and work on independent research and development projects relevant to national security. Participating students, Kaleigh Dianetti, Jordan Verst, Trevor Wright and Justin Miles (pictured above, L to R), received an opportunity to exercise the skills accumulated through three years of education by working on a real-world problem with experts from Riverside Research, Mr. John Ross and Mr. Ted Josue. Ross and Josue provided coaching and mentoring for the team over the eight-month project span. Ross, a certified Project Management Professional, acted as coach and mentor for business processes. Josue, a Computer and Spectral Imagery Scientist, supplied technical guidance and evaluation, test data, and was responsible for validation and verification of all prototype system components.

“We provided the students with an opportunity to step out of the academic environment and experience the challenges and rewards of addressing a real-world problem in a business setting. They had to address and overcome schedule conflicts, communications issues, competing priorities, and of course, the technical challenges of the project itself,” said Ross. “We were impressed with their creativity, technical prowess, professionalism and the energy with which they attacked the problem. This was a great experience and I look forward to participating in the program again next year.”

“Going into the project, we were excited to work with Riverside Research because they offered a very difficult project, but I believed it would be very fulfilling,” said Verst. “We learned a lot from John and Ted over the course of the project with their experiences and I learned some new techniques in project management that I will take with me in my career.”

The University of Dayton student team designed and developed a web-based tool to provide insight and visualization of complex analytical results from a prototype automated hyperspectral imaging tool, consisting of three main elements. In the first element, a geodatabase captures and stores the data. The second element is a web-based user interface that enables the user to generate database queries from selected attributes or metadata. The final element parses the query results using a map-based graphical display.  

“The development of this tool provides Riverside Research scientists a quick and relevant view of analytical processing results not previously available,” said Josue. “I am very impressed with ‘Team Riverside’ and what they were able to accomplish in only eight months. I am looking forward to next year and the challenges I can throw at the next team.”

This sponsored project also builds upon Riverside Research and the University of Dayton’s Cooperative Research Agreement, which strives to expand education, research, and internship opportunities in the Dayton area.

About the University of Dayton
The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), the University of Dayton focuses on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.