Professor E. William Clymer, Associate Director of NTID's Center on Access Technology, will serve as the project PI at 10% effort (Calendar Year). Clymer's background is in instructional design and evaluation, with expertise in use of technology in the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. He has organized four International Symposia on Educational Technology and Education of the Deaf, held at NTID. Clymer also serves as Project Manager for the Postsecondary Education Network - International, funded by The Nippon Foundation of Japan and housed at NTID.
Co-PI Gary Behm, 25% effort during the initial six months of the project period, will take the lead in the modeling of the components of the prototype system. Behm is a deaf engineer at IBM who received his baccalaureate and masters degrees in the mainstream, currently serving as a loaned executive at NTID/RIT working in the Center on Access Technology and the department of Engineering Studies. At IBM, he is a delivery project manager in the Rapid Application Development Engineering System. Behm has four patent disclosures under review, seven disclosures filed, and three patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and has presented over 20 scientific and technical papers at various professional conferences. If his responsibilities at IBM will allow, he will continue to consult on this project for the remaining 12 months of the project after he returns to IBM.
Co-PI Peter Lalley, 25% effort (summer, 2010), will contribute his knowledge and expertise in support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing postsecondary students to the project. Lalley is a professor in the department of Science and Mathematics at NTID/RIT, and director of the science and engineering support team in this department. He has been PI or Co-PI on seven grants directly related to supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing students in postsecondary education, including the NSF-funded RDE-FRI Speech to Text Systems: Comparative Analysis of Text Generation and Display Methods. Dr. Lalley teaches in the department of Biological Sciences at RIT and in the Master of Science in Secondary Education program at NTID.