About CAI

The Center for Applied Informatics is the outreach arm of Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. It draws upon student, staff and faculty expertise from business informatics, computer science, communication and beyond to directly enhance student success and drive the mission of informatics.

CAI features a unique high-impact virtual co-op program, engaging students in projects such as designing websites, creating mobile apps, performing data analytics and many other informatics based initiatives, for organizations around the world.

Project Portfolio

PulsePoint, the nation mHealth lifesaving app, developed at the CAI, continues to save lives. PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Ancra International has engaged CAI for web design and development talent for many projects to support their world-class operations, providing cargo handling solutions for everyone from consumers to aircraft to trucking to military.
CAI developed and grows the Early Childhood Database, backed by the United Way, which helps track and improve Kindergarten preparedness.
CAI Annual Report - CAI’s designers support all the work we do by providing their talents to all external facing projects we do. CAI’s annual report is a prime example of their talent.
Innovation Gallery - The innovation gallery is a showcase of the latest technologies, providing examples of CAI’s work inspiring to everyone from STEM students, to college researchers, to corporate technology leaders.
CAI’s 5th Annual SharePoint Cincy conference brings together SharePoint leaders and gurus for a full day event attended by over 400 professionals.


Students are at the core of the Center for Applied Informatics.

They gain real world experience in their degree fields while also bringing true value to the regional and national organizations in which they interact. Through this program, students work on a variety of projects, ranging from IT security and operations to web development to research. Students also have the opportunity to work with real companies on real projects in many different industries. Currently, students are contributing to a number of projects for organizations, which include web design and development, application development, mobile development, public relations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation, and healthcare informatics. 

Students working with the CAI have the opportunity to put their skills to the work as they build a dynamic portfolio of accomplishments and experiences. Interacting with organizations from across the country, these students become well rounded, “Day 1 Ready” professionals at graduation. Benefits include:

  • Validation of your major in practice
  • Soft skill development
  • Professional and peer networking
  • Time and project management
  • Business process awareness
  • Industry experience via real-world applied projects

Our student workforce is comprised of a cross functional teams of students with majors in the College of Informatics and beyond. High performing, motivated students work in positions that complement their course work to enhance both learning and skills development. Students hold positions such as:

  • Software Engineering Specialist
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Communication Specialist
  • Graphic Design Specialist
  • Media Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Web Development Specialist
  • Data Analytics Specialist

You may do any, or all, of the following to find CAI opportunities that interest you:

  • CAI Student - I have learned much and [my work at CAI] has directly contributed to receiving a job after graduation.
    (Steven “Austin” Huebner)

  • Employers - “My involvement with the CAI has been a tremendously rewarding experience personally and for Toyota, but most importantly, it is a superior program for the students.”
    (Tim Platt – VP of Information Systems / Information Security, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America)

  • Educators - CAI received the AASCU Award for “demonstrating excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving student success”
    (American Association of State Colleges and Universities)


Chief Information Officer, Executive Director of CAI
GH 330A
David Hirsch
GH 330E
Chris Rider
GH 330D
Vince Scheben
Project Coordinator
GH 330G
Mike Sames
Project Leader
GH 330F
Emily Taylor
Project Specialist
GH 330C
Aaron Corsi
Mobile Application Developer
GH 338
Eric Versteeg
Mobile Application Developer
GH 362
Brenton Edwards
Mobile Application Developer
GH 358
Jesse Hockenbury
Mobile Application Developer
GH 338
Tina Altenhofen
Executive Assistant
GH 330
Brad Metzger
Program Director in Analytics
GH 330B