Students at Rowan’s VR Center simulate a hurricane. This story is sponsored by Rowan University and was reviewed before publication.

This (and more) is made possible at Rowan University’s Virtual Reality Center, one of the five research centers located at the South Jersey technology park. The VR center offers a hands-on, project-based experience to students enrolled in Rowan University’s technology programs: Computer Science, Data Analytics, Bioinformatics and Engineering. To increase accessibility to the resource, the state-of-the-art VR Center is made available to all students in the programs, not just Ph.D. candidates.

The VR Center itself is an impressive build. It features a custom-made, 7-by-40-foot curved wall of screens — enough room for up to 25 people to work together on 3D applications.

Users can choose from a variety of different augmented- and virtual-reality headsets such as the Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Meta 2 and ODG R-7 Smartglasses. This $2-million system allows Rowan to partner on innovative projects with community, nonprofit, government and corporate clients — projects that always include work and input from Rowan students.

Anthony Fasolo, an Electrical Computer Engineering graduate student, came to Rowan as an undergrad from Sussex County Community College. “I wanted to learn basically everything,” says Fasolo. Read more from…

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