Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering



The Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology (CARAT) is established to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information and interaction between educational institutions and the commercial, industrial, and technological communities. Such collaboration and communication will

  • Promote awareness of the most current developments in science, engineering, and technology
  • Provide a channel for inter-agency discussion, advisement, and support
  • Foster internship and potential employment opportunities, and career counseling/advice for students
  • Enable academic and technical education opportunities for workers
  • Promote the interests of the science, engineering, and technology communities to the public.

Calendar IconNovember 19, 2015 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Doug "Animal" Larson, U.S.Air Force
"The True Strategies & Future of Manned & Unmanned Aircraft in America"

The True Strategies & Future of Manned & Unmanned Aircraft in America Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), commonly referred to as Drones by the media, and traditional aircraft are subjects of increasing debate in this country. Twenty-two year Air Force veteran Doug "Animal" Larson, former fighter pilot and current RPAs instructor and expert, discusses flying both types of aircraft and current/future strategies of military and civilian use of RPAs.

Calendar IconOctober 15, 2015 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Drew Williams
"How to Survive the Existential Threat of a Zombie Apocalypse"

The topics of security and infrastructure are still foreign and frightening to many people who interact with those in the IT realm. Terms like "bot," "zero-day attacks," and "zombies" sound more like phrases from a Terminator movie than terms in conducting day-to-day business. In this presentation, Drew William explores common security events, hands and troubles in the cyberworld, and how a combination of higher education and practical knowledge will help fortify defenses against cyber security issues that are on the rise.

Long-time writer and U.S. Navy Veteran, Drew Williams, has been involved in information security risk management, GRC policy and infrastructure security development for more than 30 years. As founder of international information risk management and security training company, Condition Zebra, Drew led the development of global information security readiness programs and risk assessments for clients in the United States, Europe, and throughout Asia.

Three years ago, Drew brought the initiative of developing a Master’s Degree in cybersecurity and IT infrastructure management to SUU, and he is currently working with SUU faculty and administrators to implement its curriculum for the University’s launch scheduled for Spring 2016.

Drew Williams

Calendar IconSeptember 17, 2015 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Darin Gifford
"From the Light Bulb to the Casino Floor"

From an early age, Darin has always had a love for computers and programming them. When he was 16, he won a scholarship to SUU for a computer he built from scratch. He later served an LDS mission in Okayama, Japan and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from UNLV.

For the past 26 years, he has worked in the gaming industry, specializing in software design, development, and integration. Darin has worked for several Japanese companies, including Sega. During that time, he lived in Japan and worked side by side with Sega Engineers developing gaming machines for the American and European markets. Darin has also been a significant part of several startup companies and has developed several gaming platforms from the ground up. He also developed several arcade games that have been placed in Chuck-E-Cheeses' and other arcades around the country. Darin loves both software and hardware.

Currently, Darin is the Chief Technology Officer for Casino Game Maker, a Class III gaming company. Casino Game Maker has customers all over the world, particularly in the Asian markets. Darin is married to Becky Gifford and they have 5 kids (4 girls and 1 boy). They live in Cedar City and love it!

Darin Gifford

Calendar IconApril 21, 2015 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rajan Dewar
"Global Health Delivery of Cancer Screening Among Women in Low Middle Income Countries"

Dr. Rajan Dewar is a biomedical engineer and is currently an affiliate faculty member at Harvard Divinity School and a pathologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He did post-doctoral training as a Global Health Fellow. His CARAT Seminar presentation will address the following issue:

The burden of cervical cancer is high in India. About 75,000 women die every year. This is wholly preventable and will be deemed as unnecessary deaths if the women were to live in the Global North. What contributes to this disparity?

Dr. Rajan Dewar

Calendar IconFebruary 25, 2015 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Paul Sloane
"Entrepreneurism & Technology: Driving the Resurgence of USA Manufacturing"

Paul has followed in this father’s footsteps as an entrepreneur, inventor and businessman. He spent his entire adult life in the manufacturing industry. For the past 25 years he has endeavored to make USA manufacturers as productive as possible through the advanced technologies he introduced into their production processes. After spending thousands of hours on factory floors across the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, Paul has learned what makes a facility productive and to that end invented and patented two technologies that enhanced productivity. Paul plans to share those experiences and how entrepreneurism is linked to the future of manufacturing in the USA.

Paul Sloane

Calendar IconJanuary 22, 2015 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Church Auditorium

Guest Lecturer: David Blodgett
"Preventive Medicine, Why Should You Care?"

David Blodgett, MD, MPH graduated from SUU in 1993 with a BS in Zoology/Chemistry, from the University of Utah with an MD in 1999, and from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with an MPH in 2001, at Hopkins he also completed the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine residency in 2003 as Chief Resident. Currently, he is serving as Health Officer for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, where he has held that post for the last nine years. He also continues emergency preparedness research with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

David Blodgett

Calendar IconNovember 20, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Jennifer Heemstra (U of U)
"Urban Legends of Drug Testing"

Can eating a poppy seed muffin cause you to test positive for heroin?  Will your cold medicine get you flagged for taking meth? Can you “cheat” a drug test? (Probably not.) We will explore these and other urban legends of drug testing, while learning about how these tests work, and why they sometimes fail.  Specifically, we will explore the organic chemistry of drug molecules to discover why some seemingly unrelated substances can in fact produce false positive results. In the Heemstra Lab, one area of research is focused on reducing the incidence of such false positives by developing drug detection assays that utilize nucleic acid aptamers in place of traditional antibodies.  Aptamers can bind to small molecules such as drugs with higher selectivity relative to antibodies, and thus hold promise for use in the development of improved diagnostic tests.

Jennifer Heemstra

Calendar IconOctober 9, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Scott Armour
"The Internet of Things:  Exploring the world of Java as an enabling platform."

Scott Armour joined Oracle in 2014 to run the Java Global Business Unit. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Armour ran field operations for several early stage software companies including Sphera (sold to SWSoft), Aduva (sold to Sun Microsystems), and SIOS. Mr. Armour started his career at IBM where over the course of sixteen years he ran various sales and sales operations organizations. He launched the ISV business within IBM's Software Group which led to his transition from IBM to early stage software companies. Mr. Armour specializes in helping businesses quantify their value propositions and in returning businesses to sustained growth and profitability.

Scott Armour

Calendar IconSeptember 18, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Ken Kingsley
"What Can I Do With a Biology Major: one person's story and some thoughts on possibilities."

Ken Kingsley was a late bloomer, after stumbling in several wrong directions after high school, he started on the path of a Biology Major at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, at the age of 27.  That path led him on a career of adventure, fun, and service that included designing a wildlife preserve, being a dude ranch naturalist, exploring a wilderness mountain range to determine what mammals lived there, solving Arizona’s worst mosquito problem, saving America’s only listed endangered fly, and working in nine National Parks.   He is an adventure biologist whose adventures include studies of  birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants, and invertebrates, with a range of habitat types ranging from urban to wilderness mountain top and subterranean caverns, in a context of conserving the precious while enabling wise human use and enjoyment of natural resources.
Ken Kingsley

Calendar IconApril 17, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Greg Martin, Integrated Construction Manager, Okland Construction
"Virtual Sticks and Bricks - Ways Technology is Changing the Construction Process"

Greg Martin is an Integrated Construction Manager for Okland Construction, based out of Okland’s Tempe office. Greg earned his BS in Construction Management (2004) from Southern Utah University and since graduation has filled the roles of Project Engineer, Project Manager, BIM Manager and Integrated Construction Manager with The Weitz Company, Mortenson Construction and now with Okland Construction. Greg has a passion for working with Project Teams, from the Architectural/Engineering design teams to the onsite Construction Management teams, and finding ways to increase their efficiencies and ways deliver value by integrating technology into the construction process. The sticks and bricks of construction have remained relatively constant over time but the use of technology as a tool to build the sticks and bricks safer, more efficiently, faster and with less rework is increasing exponentially every year and the future of technology in construction is limitless.
Greg Martin

Calendar IconMarch 25, 2014 - 7 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Randall N. Parker, CEO, Utah Farm Bureau Foundation
"Contributions of Food and Agriculture to our Society and Economy - Current and Future Challenges"

Randy N. Parker is chief executive officer and secretary-treasurer of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and affiliated companies. He joined the organization November 1, 2003 after a 25-year career working in the agriculture industry.

A native of Utah County, Randy was raised on a Pleasant Grove farm. He earned an undergraduate degree in Agribusiness and an MS degree in Agriculture Economics from Utah State University. While at USU, he was awarded the US Army ROTC Reserve Officers Medal for Leadership and Scholarship.

Most recently, Parker served as Director of Marketing and Conservation for the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food. He was responsible for agriculture marketing programs traveling to many countries promoting Utah farm products to potential markets. He served as president of the North American Agriculture Marketing Officials 2002-03, on the board for the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Association, worked on U.S. agriculture trade talks with Canada and Mexico and in 2003 was re-appointed to the Utah District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce. In his conservation work, Randy co-chaired the award winning Utah AFO/CAFO program to help farmers and ranchers improve water quality. He also served on the state drought mitigation team.

A former FFA member, he is treasurer for the Utah FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, and as the Agricultural Representative on the Utah State Fair Board of Directors. Randy serves on several other committees working for agriculture. He was honored by the Utah High School Rodeo Association and the National Young Farmers Association. He is active in his community and church. Randy is married to the former Shelly Lind of Murray, Utah. They have two daughters, three sons and ten grandchildren.

Randall N. Parker

Calendar IconFebruary 20, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Chuck Taylor, President, SyberJet Aircraft
"The Future of Controlling Flight"

Charles K. Taylor is President of SyberJet Aircraft. Chuck earned a BS in Business Administration (1991) from Southern Utah University and was awarded an MBA (1995) from Utah State University. He joined Metalcraft Technologies, Inc. in 1990 and has broad hands-on experience in the aerospace business, having worked as a machine operator, quality control inspector, engineering programmer, materials and purchasing manager, and as marketing and customer service Vice President. He was named President of SyberJet Aircraft in 2012.

Chuck Taylor

Calendar IconJanuary 16, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Troy Stonely
"Modern Medical Imaging:  Why God is Right Handed and Why Radiologists Can’t Tell Their Right From Their Left"

Troy Brent Stonely was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He currently lives in Cedar City with his wife, Heather, and their four children.  Dr. Stonely received a Bachelor Degree in Microbiology, with a minor in Chemistry, from Brigham Young University in 2000.  He went on to obtain his Medical Doctorate from St Louis University School of Medicine in 2004.  He completed a transitional internship at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington in 2005, his Radiology Residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2009 and a Digital Imaging Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010.  He has been a radiologist at Cedar City Radiology since 2010.  He is best known at Fiddlers Elementary School as "Mr Science".

Troy Stonely

Calendar IconNovember 14, 2013 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Charles Hunter Room, Hunter Conference Center

Guest Lecturer: Michael Hofmann, PhD.
“Geological, Technological, and Environmental Challenges in a Transforming Energy Sector"

Michael Hofmann is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Montana and the lead scientist and co-owner of AIM GeoAnalytics, LLC. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), and his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. His current research focuses on understanding the sedimentary processes, stratigraphy, and diagenetic alterations that pertain to clastic and mudrock petroleum systems.

Michael Hofmann

Calendar IconOctober 10, 2013 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Ted McAleer
"The Scientific Method and How it Applies to Business Leadership"

Ted McAleer is currently the Executive Director of Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR). Prior to USTAR, McAleer was the Director of Business Development for The University of Utah's Technology Venture Development organization. Ted has more than 25 years of experience in technology innovation; business development; and product, services and operations management in both start-up and mature corporations. He has been COO for Teleoptic Digital Imaging, LLC and the Sr. Director of Implementation services at Campus Pipeline, Inc. He has also worked for SunGard SCT, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo., and the US Army. He holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Engineering from the University of Virginia and a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He currently serves as a Board Member with the Swaner EcoCenter, the Mountain West Capital Network and the Park City Angel Network. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and international travel with his wife Donna and their nine-year old daughter.

Ted McAleer

Calendar IconSeptember 26, 2013 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Barry Baker
"Ecosystem Management in a Nonstationary World: Can we do it?"

Dr. Barry Baker is the Director of the Canyonlands Research Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Society, and Ecology Center Associate Faculty at Utah State University. He received a Ph.D. from Colorado State in 1991 where his research focused on the effects of climate change on grassland/livestock ecosystems. Since then, he has worked in Argentina, China, Mongolia, and the US for the United Nations’ Development and Environmental Programmes, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Country Studies Program, and more recently The Nature Conservancy. His research interests include bioclimatology, biogeography, and the influence of climatic variability on the distribution and conservation of plants and animals in grassland and alpine ecosystems.

Barry Baker