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1st Student's Major

Computer Information Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology

1st Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Students' Professional Biography

James Faraday is a senior majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During his enrollment at MSU, Mankato, he has been involved with the Minnesota State University Physics Department Applied Physics undergraduate research team resulting in a presentation at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research and a publication. Starting in May 2013 to May 2014 he was employed by Seagate Technology as a Software Engineering intern creating python-based data mining tools. Since 2007 he has also served as an Avionics specialist in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of staff sergeant and contributing aircraft improvement proposals. Joshua Martin is from Massillon, Ohio and graduated in 2014 from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. He started working for Verizon Wireless in 2007 early in his college career and is currently part of their network team out of Owatonna, Minnesota. He enjoys spending time with his wife and his two dogs in his free time.

Mentor's Name

Rebecca Bates

Mentor's Email Address

rebecca.bates@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Integrated Engineering

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Abstract

The goal of this project was to create a tool that provides students at Minnesota State University, Mankato with mental health information through a freely available smartphone application (App). Our approach used a software engineering design process that focused on who our customers are, what resources are available, and how we can best connect the two to improve student lives. We identified the stakeholders involved and worked with campus mental health professionals to help shape our App. While there is a broad range of mental health topics, we have focused on materials related to depression. The first process of the App gives the student a picture of their current mental health state through a frequently used and freely available evaluation questionnaire. Depending on the results, the App then provides supportive feedback in the form of materials that describe coping skills, ways to contact campus counselors, and other local community resources. In addition, we have incorporated formal graphic design to make the App easy to use. The outcome of this work is an App that is free for campus students, connects them to resources and can be improved upon by future developers. As part of future work we plan to incorporate artificial intelligence approaches to provide the most appropriate materials given the student evaluation.

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