Anderson, Indiana

Google X captures heart, imagination of AU professor

Wed, 2014-08-20 10:54 -- univcomm
August 20, 2014

After spending the summer working at Google's secret research laboratory in Mountain View, California, Scott Kennedy has decided to stay.

"Google offered me a permanent job and it was too cool to pass up," said the Anderson University professor of chemistry and physics earlier this week after registering one of his daughters for school.

[Photo: Anderson University junior Ethan Hillman and his his professor Scott Kennedy look over some of the different samples of luminescent hydrogels that Kennedy has been doing research on for the U.S. Air Force in the AU labs. The goal of the research is to have the substance detect minute quantities of explosives.]

Kennedy hasn't severed all ties with Anderson University. And technically he hasn't resigned his professorship. He requested a leave of absence for this academic year, which was granted.

Kennedy said he plans to co-teach a class using Google Hangouts, an instant messaging and video chat program the company developed, and will remain a member of the Engineering Advisory Board that's working to expand those AU programs.

— The above content is an excerpt by Stuart Hirsch re-posted with permission from The Herald Bulletin. Photo: John P. Cleary. Visit The Herald Bulletin web site to read the full article.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.