EPICS, Microsoft Partnership Donates Software to Hands On Atlanta
Hands On Atlanta (HOA) is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals, families, and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Every year, it sponsors HOA Day, when approximately 15,000 volunteers come together to work at more than 200 projects sites in and around Atlanta.
Thanks to the partnership of the nationally based Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) and Microsoft Corporation, a generous software gift was recently donated to HOA. This software, Microsoft Project 2000, will allow the organization to implement a system to improve its special events planning. During spring semester 2002, an EPICS team of senior design students at ISyE needed this scheduling software to complete a project for HOA. Microsoft's University Relations (Microsoft Research) is a major sponsor of the EPICS program and allowed the software to be donated. The software has an estimated retail value of $20,000.
MS Project 2000 will be used by HOA to implement a tracking system for planning and organizing special events. "The software will allow us to manage our day-to-day activities and other detailed projects for special event planning," said Tony Chan, BIE '94, a planning and evaluation specialist at HOA. EPICS is a national organization founded at Purdue University with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National Service. The purpose of EPICS is to enhance student volunteerism by providing large student teams with opportunities to contribute to community service and nonprofit organizations on long-term projects while earning academic credit.
ISyE Professor Dr. Faiz Al-Khayyal and Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. Mark Smith serve as program directors for EPICS. Artexas Davis is the EPICS Program Coordinator. For additional information on the EPICS program, please visit our website at http://www.isye.gatech.edu/epics/.