SPRINGFIELD – Jeffrey Scott Bosch, a senior in the Computer Science program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received a Distinctive Excellence award in the 2006 Atmel AVR Design Contest, sponsored by Circuit Cellar magazine.
Bosch was recognized for his design of the ScoreTime system, a digital wall clock that doubles as a scorekeeper for two-player games. A wireless remote control allows game players to keep score, set the time, and configure various options through a menu.
Bosch, who will graduate this May, is an online student living near Sacramento, California, and currently works as a technical writer for ProStores, an eBay company. He explained that the idea for ScoreTime "came about from playing pool and ping-pong with my friends; we seemed to constantly forget the score because there was no convenient scorekeeping system available." Bosch said he hopes to license the idea to a clock manufacturer or to pursue independent funding.
This is Bosch's second award from Circuit Cellar. He also received a Distinctive Excellence award in 2004 for the MeetingMinder, a timer for public speaking events.
Bosch earned two associate of science degrees – one in optronics (1982) and one in computer science/embedded systems (2005) – before enrolling at UIS.
Circuit Cellar is a publication providing practical, hands-on applications for embedded-control designers. The Atmel contest is an opportunity for designers to work with the company’s family of flash memory microcontrollers and test their own skills against engineers around the world. Winning designs are selected based on technical merit, usefulness, originality, design optimization, and cost effectiveness.For more information, contact Ted Mims, professor of Computer Science, at 217/206-7326. For more information about opportunities to study online at UIS, go to www.uis.edu/academics/online.html.