Patents by Inventor Greg Ritter

Greg Ritter has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8340993
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, the assessment management system may share data in a format that is importable by other management systems. Sharing of data does not necessarily mean the concurrent sharing of data but rather that the data is exported in a format that is transportable to another system. Portions of an assessment project may be shared in this way with other institutions even if the organization levels and other operating units are not the same between the two institutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Patent number: 8340992
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, one or more concurrently active assessment projects may be associated with an assessment initiative. In this way, portions of data collection and reporting may be shared within the program initiative and its various, associated assessment projects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Patent number: 8340991
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, modeling of different nodes of the institution is performed in a flexible manner that may apply to various institutions regardless of their particular organizational structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Patent number: 8326659
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, a model is stored of a plurality of organizational levels of the institution, wherein each organizational level includes at least one respective, associated node. For any node, at least one customizable assessment project associated with that node is created and presented to a user; then, the at least one customizable assessment project is completed based, at least in part, on first input received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Patent number: 8315893
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, instruments may deployed selectively to a variety of different recipients. The selected group of recipients may be based on, for example, demographic, course, program, institution, section, education experience, and section-related criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Patent number: 8265968
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, courses and other educational experiences may include material that is aligned with various goals and objectives of different units of the institution. A curriculum mapping feature is provided that identifies a bi-directional alignment between goals and courses such that curriculum gaps may be determined as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20110058892
    Abstract: An end effector operatively coupled to an extendable tensile element extended from a first vehicle engages a primary receptacle of a second vehicle. The first and second vehicles are drawn together by retracting the extendable tensile element into the first vehicle until contact therebetween, after which roll axes of the first and second vehicles become substantially aligned responsive to a further retraction of the extendable tensile element into the first vehicle and a resulting tension in the extendable tensile element. At least one alignment post of at least one of the first and second vehicles engages with at least one surface of at least one corresponding secondary receptacle so as to at least substantially align the first and second vehicles in roll responsive to the tension in the extendable tensile element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter TCHORYK, JR., Jane Camile PAVLICH, Anthony Beckman HAYS, Gregory Joseph WASSICK, Greg RITTER
  • Patent number: 7857261
    Abstract: An automatically aligned docking system, comprises a multi-point kinematic rigidization system that provides precise, repeatable rotational alignment at the spacecraft-docking interface without over-constraining the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Anthony Beckman Hays, Gregory Joseph Wassick, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20080086471
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a community of academic institution-related users with a central repository for storing, searching, and retrieving bookmarks from amongst the users. The bookmarks are tagged with user-specified labels as well as academic institution related metadata such as a course identifier and/or discipline identifier. As a result, other users can search through the bookmarks using a variety of criteria to locate relevant bookmarks and other information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventors: Greg Ritter, Karen Gage, Sundara Chintaluri
  • Publication number: 20070210212
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect, an automatically aligned docking system, comprises a multi-point kinematic rigidization system that provides precise, repeatable rotational alignment at the spacecraft-docking interface without over-constraining the interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Peter TCHORYK, Jane PAVLICH, Anthony HAYS, Gregory WASSICK, Greg RITTER
  • Publication number: 20070088602
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, one or more concurrently active assessment projects may be associated with an assessment initiative. In this way, portions of data collection and reporting may be shared within the program initiative and its various, associated assessment projects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20060262324
    Abstract: A first beam of light from a laser is split by a beam splitter into a reference beam and at least one second beam of light, the latter of which is directed into an atmosphere. Light from the at least one second beam of light scattered by molecules or aerosols in the atmosphere is collected by at least one telescope as at least one light signal. The at least one light signal and the reference beam ae simultaneously processed by a common interferometer, and resulting fringe patterns are imaged onto a detector and processed by a data processor to determine at least one associated air data product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul HAYS, Michael DEHRING, Jane PAVLICH, Peter TCHORYK, JR., Charles RICHEY, Anthony HAYS, Gregory WASSICK, Greg RITTER
  • Publication number: 20060259351
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, a model is stored of a plurality of organizational levels of the institution, wherein each organizational level includes at least one respective, associated node. For any node, at least one customizable assessment project associated with that node is created and presented to a user; then, the at least one customizable assessment project is completed based, at least in part, on first input received from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20060241993
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, the assessment management system may share data in a format that is importable by other management systems. Sharing of data does not necessarily mean the concurrent sharing of data but rather that the data is exported in a format that is transportable to another system. Portions of an assessment project may be shared in this way with other institutions even if the organization levels and other operating units are not the same between the two institutions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20060241988
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, an assignment binder may be created based on selective filtering of artifacts. Filtering criteria may be used to select, for inclusion within the assignment binder, only those artifacts from authors having certain attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20060242004
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, courses and other educational experiences may include material that is aligned with various goals and objectives of different units of the institution. A curriculum mapping feature is provided that identifies a bi-directional alignment between goals and courses such that curriculum gaps may be determined as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20060241992
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, modeling of different nodes of the institution is performed in a flexible manner that may apply to various institutions regardless of their particular organizational structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20060242003
    Abstract: A system of hardware and software provides a systematic and systemic method for performing assessment of the effectiveness of different levels within an institution. The system includes template driven definitions that span multiple tiers of hierarchically arranged operating units within the institution thereby providing flexibility and customization to handle a user-definable model of the institution's organization. In particular, instruments may deployed selectively to a variety of different recipients. The selected group of recipients may be based on, for example, demographic, course, program, institution, section, education experience, and section-related criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: David Yaskin, Greg Ritter
  • Patent number: 7104505
    Abstract: This invention solves problems associated with prior-art soft-dock mechanisms by placing all active components of a soft-dock system on the chaser side of the mechanism, leaving the target side of the mechanism completely passive (i.e., requiring no power expenditure or self-actuated moving parts to operate). In particular, the active components are supported on the end of a flexible cable attached to the probe, or chaser, side of the device. These components act as a sort of spring-loaded “trap.” Once the end of the probe passes into a receptacle on the target side, the mechanism is triggered, engaging it in such a way that it can no longer be pulled out of the receptacle until it is reset. The soft-docking cable may be replaced with a rigid, semi-rigid or jointed post that is used to bring a capture mechanism into engagement with its corresponding receptacle or receiving structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Pete Tchoryk, Jane Pavlich, Greg Wassick, Anthony B. Hays, Greg Ritter
  • Publication number: 20050263649
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle docking system restrains six degrees of freedom through the use of a plurality of latches having differing bearing surface geometry which each constrain a generally spherical post end, and with a soft-dock cable system to initiate the capture sequence and provide for positive disengagement by a capture vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Ritter, Anthony Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jane Pavlich, Gregory Wassick