MTSU Mobile Team

Matt Houglum


Matt Houglum

Matt Houglum, who is currently in his fourth year at MTSU, grew up in Christiana, Tenn., and was the valedictorian of the 2008 graduating class at Riverdale High School. He enjoys virtually anything in the realm of technology, although he tries to be active as well. The computer science major has wrestled competitively for six years, one of which was for the Blue Raiders, and he holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Matt became involved with the mobile app while attending a software engineering class along with some of the original app developers, who informed him an opening on the team. “Mobile application development seemed like an awesome job,” he said, “so of course I put in my application the next day.” Matt said he’s always receptive to reviews and feedback from the students using the app, and he would like to implement any suggestions they believe would be useful. 

Chris Johnson


Chris Johnson

A graduate of Oakland High School, Smyrna’s own Chris Johnson became involved with the mobile app through a class project. Chris, who enjoys playing tennis and studying Japanese, foresees the app continuing to provide support to future Blue Raiders long after he graduates. “I hope it provides other students with the same opportunity it has given us,” he said. Chris is planning to venture to Japan in October 2012 to study language and culture at Saitama University. He hopes to be fluent in Japanese when he returns to the U.S. in August 2013.

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Reid Wiggins

Reid Wiggins is a MTSU sophomore originally from Troy, Tennessee. He became involved with the mobile app team after working as an intern for the group last summer. As an avid technology aficionado, Reid believes that technology is a means to an end. "I use it for gaming, I use it for computation, I use it for information, and I use it for social networking," he explained. "Technology in and of itself is not anything particularly fascinating; rather, the exciting thing is what we can do with it." Therefore, Reid believes technology such as the mobile app should be used to improve campus life. "I want to improve the student experience and accessibility of information concerning MTSU with the mobile app," he said. "In any particular endeavor, that is always my goal: extending the student and faculty's access of information into the mobile sphere so that no one is left tied down to a desktop computer." He enjoys gaming, programming, system administration, learning about IT security, movies, and reading.

Past Members



Craig Murphy

Originally from Salem, IL, Craig Murphy and his fellow team members took on the mobile app as a class project and helped oversee the device's evolution into one of the University's most popular resources. Craig believes the app is especially handy for newer students due to its innovative map feature. "It is so easy to find a building on campus now," he said. "With the integration of the schedule as well, students have almost no excuse to get lost on their first day of classes!" After graduating from MTSU in the winter of 2011, Craig currently works as an IS analyst for Nashville-based Caterpillar Financial Services. He credits his success to his experience while working with the mobile app team.



Jason Bandy

Computer science major Jason Bandy graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in 2003. Because his family relocated a lot, growing up on what he dubs "the interstate system" gave Jason an array of different environments that taught him how to make friends out of strangers. "It is by those friendships that I discovered MTSU Mobile," he said. "The team needed a lower-level undergraduate to join the team, and I was asked to join. I've learned more with the team then I could have anywhere else. It's been a great ride!" Jason foresees the mobile app becoming an instrumental tool for students at MTSU.


Chelsea Rath

Franklin, Tennessee native Chelsea Rath first came to MTSU in 2007 as an art major before switching to mathematics and then to computer science. The 2007 Franklin High School graduate first became involved with the student mobile app project while taking Dr. Derek Riley's Java class, where students were allowed to come up with their own group project. Chelsea was asked to join the team shortly after it conceptualized the mobile app. Chelsea said she is excited to commence work on MTSU Mobile v2.0.