(June 15, 2016) Recent ISE alumnus Patrick Acker was featured as an entrepreneur on the Virginia Tech News. He and his business partner David Evans (a rising senior in Electrical Engineering major) are the inventors and company co-founders of Yard Mapper, a software system that tracks trailers and shipping containers at distribution centers, streamlining the process and saving manufacturers’ time and money. After the first system was installed, they won the People’s Choice award at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals. They also won the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize at VT and advanced to the final ACC InVenture Prize competition at Georgia Tech this spring.
Yard Mapper is not the first organization Patrick has started; he founded the non-profit Cycling4aCure in 2013, making a bicycle journey from San Francisco to Virginia Beach in 46 days to raise money and awareness for cancer research and support.
Patrick also demonstrated his successful project management skills while at ISE. His senior design project team (with Kara Michelle Love, Ian Stanchi, Alexander Cyrus Talati) was selected to receive not only the Innovation and Creativity Award but also the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 ISE Senior Symposium.
For more information, please go to the article “College project becomes career for Keystone Fellow Patrick Acker” on the Virginia Tech News.
Related news: "Patrick Acker recognized as 2016 Keystone Fellow" (May 3, 2016)