With researchers and scientists focusing on
the development of aquaculture techniques that are environmentally
friendly, cost effective, and sustainable, Oceanic Institute
also employs a support staff that assists in administration,
information technology, maintenance, education, and communications.
Thanks to the Internet, people from around the world can learn
about Oceanic Institute, and many who have an interest in aquaculture
developments contact OI via the Web site. To improve its image
on the Internet, OI has engaged HPU students in Associate Professor
Carl Farrell’s CSCI 4911/4921 class, which meets evenings
in the Frear Center, to redesign our virtual portal.
OI wanted a site that was easy to update, easy to navigate, and
easy on the eyes.
Each department would be featured on its own page, with art and content that
could be changed in a timely manner. Program managers, who often make presentations
and write publications, wanted a place where these documents could be readily
available. And although OI is primarily a research institution geared toward
strengthening the aquaculture industry, it also includes an educational outreach
arm that nurtures budding marine scientists from a very young age through, thanks
to its affiliation with HPU, college.
The pro bono effort to redevelop OI’s Web site is being conducted by the
Five-Star Team, led by Troy Villar, the project coordinator and a President’s
Host at HPU. Student Michael Armstrong is the Five-Star Team systems analyst.
Rounding out the group are senior programmers Naoko Hosoda, Chang Ning-Hsiang,
and Nelson Kawada. The students use Macromedia’s Dreamweaver to create
the site. As they spend the semester mapping out the redesigned pages and templates,
the group is documenting its work and will present to OI a reference manual that
will assist with Web site updates after the project is concluded at the end of