Mobile Tech Research Initiative (MTRI)

MTRI Students and Aaron

Photograph by Jeannette Altman

Welcome to the Website for MTRI’s Course Materials!

Scope of MTRI

The Mobile Tech Research Initiative (MTRI) is a bold, visionary initiative that has, at its core, a partnership between the university and region aimed at rebuilding the region’s economy by introducing a new, creative, green industry––the development of mobile apps for smart phones.

It focuses on teaching the design and development of mobile apps in a series of four courses organized around the two 2011 summer sessions and an Entrepreneur Incubator taking place in the fall 2011 that provides further education and guidance for students in the production of their own mobile apps.



Dene meeting student

Photograph by Jeannette Altman


The goals of MTRI is to 1) develop a local body of expertise in the emerging technology field of mobile application design and development, 2) contribute actively to undergraduate research, an important mission of WSU Vancouver, and 3) promote STEM education from K through college by fostering local synergies among the digital media, science, and business communities.

MTRI in the News!

“Dick Hannah Dealerships Support Summer Scholarships at WSU Vancouver,” Scholarship 2011 (originally posted in WSUV News), April 30, 2011.

“Tuition burden for students steadily grows,” The Columbian, Sunday, May 15, 2011.

For more information about the “Mobile Tech Research Initiative,” visit the site’s website.  For more information about The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program, visit its website.

Final Artifacts

Here is a link to a website that shows screenshots of the Dick Hannah Dealerships App and the wireframe for the project.  The Fellows also created a project website that includes the research handout, the bibliography of works they consulted to create their project, and the project video they produced.  And the faculty created this handout about the project for the IDMAa 2011 conference.

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