Pauca named top innovator by NBC Latino

Today we celebrate one of the College’s notable teacher-scholars. Late in September, we learned that one of our accomplished faculty members, Paúl Pauca, was named as one of this year’s 20 top innovators by NBC Latino.  Paúl, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department, received this award for his development of an iPhone app that he named Verbal Victor. His work is the combination of working

with students and Pro Humanitate that we expect from our very best faculty.  Paúl’s son, Victor, was diagnosed at a young age with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes delays in the development of speech and motor skills.  Other electronic software and applications to help children with this and related disorders are quite expensive and not always easy to use.  So, in the manner of Pro Humanitate and our best teacher-scholars, Paúl designed a low-cost and readily accessible application.  He then used the development of this application as a project in his computer science class.  In developing Verbal Victor, the students learned the programming of iPhone apps, as well as the basics of teamwork and good software engineering practices.  The app is now available, not just for Victor, but for children with developmental disorders worldwide.  The $6.99 price point means that it is readily accessible to many families and their children. You may have already read the  Wake Forest Magazine story about Paúl:  http://magazine.wfu.edu/2011/06/03/a-voice-for-victor.   The NBC Latino news release here can be read here:
nbclatino.com/2012/09/18/innovator-paul-pauca-creates-communication-app-to-help-his-son/.  Join me in congratulating Paúl, a fine example of a Wake Forest College teacher-scholar!

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