About us

The Mobile Applications and Services Laboratory (MASL) is an interdisciplinary initiative hosted by the GVSU School of Computing and Information Systems. MASL offers a unique environment to faculty and students who have interests in emerging mobile technologies from both a research and educational perspective. The emergence of open mobile platforms and thriving mobile application deployment ecosystems makes it possible to explore a variety of experimental in situ research themes in a number of different mobile application domains. Our approach is unique in that while we engage in academic research in the traditional sense, we are also focused on creating an environment for our undergraduate and graduate students which approximates as much as possible the “real world” outside of the academy. To that end we are engaged in a number of projects with external industry partners in which students and faculty are working together to understand how mobile technology can be effectively applied in a variety of real world situations. We like to call this “application research”. Our research has ranged from building apps for patients with traumatic brain injuries, to apps that are helping entomologists better understand the declining honeybee populations.

MASL Team

Faculty

Jonathan Engelsma leads the GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab. He is currently a Professor in GVSU’s School of Computing. His research interests are in distributed and pervasive computing with a focus on mobile applications and services. Dr. Engelsma earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993. He has over two decades of industry experience, including 16 years in various research and development positions with Motorola. His blog and vita are available on themobilemontage.com.

Hans Dulimarta is an Associate Professor of GVSU School of Computing. His research interests are in computer graphics, computational geometry, and mobile applications. Dr. Dulimarta earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1994. He was previously a faculty member of Jurusan Teknik Informatika, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia and a visiting faculty at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University.

Graduate Assistants / Undergraduate Researchers

Bekah Suttner

Bekah Suttner

Undergraduate Researcher

Camila Peñaloza

Camila Peñaloza

Graduate Assistant

Josiah Campbell

Josiah Campbell

Undergraduate Researcher

Kirthi Samson Chilkuri

Kirthi Samson Chilkuri

Graduate Assistant

Matias Gil

Matias Gil

Graduate Assistant

Mohamed Azuz

Mohamed Azuz

Graduate Assistant

Roland Heusser

Roland Heusser

Graduate Assistant

Zach Ash

Zach Ash

Undergraduate Researcher

MASL Alumni

The following students have contributed to MASL projects in the past, and have now graduated.

Jim Albright, Albright Insights Inc.(CIS/2011)
Gina Caratelli (ART/2010)
Joe Croft, GE Aviation (CIS/2010)
Kyle DeGroff (ART/2011)
Nathan Egner (STA/2012)
Kevin Formsma, Lean Logistics (CIS/2013)
Gray Gwizdz, Ford (CIS/2013)
Ferris Jumah, LinkedIn Corp. (STA/2012)
Saro Iskenian, Grokker (CIS/2013)
Juan Mejia, Microsoft (CIS/2013)
Alejo Montoya, Electronic Arts (CIS/2011)

Thomas Parker Jr., ProCare Systems (CIS/2012)
David Qorashi, [24]7 Customer (CIS/2015)
Alex Restrepo, Facebook (CIS/2012)
Joseph Roth, MSU (grad studies) (CIS/2010)
Sam Serpoosh, Groupon (CIS/2014)
Andres Solano, Compuware (CIS/2012)
John Spencer, Harris Corp. (CIS 2010)
Vincent Sam, Compuware (CIS/2013)
Ehsan Valizade, Dell (CIS/2015)
Greg Zavitz, Pandora (CIS 2012)

CIS = GVSU School of Computing and Information Systems
ART = GVSU Department of Art & Design
STA = GVSU Department of Statistics

Our Partners

MASL's current and past sponsors