Dec. 8, 2009
Computing students recognized by KCPL for software development skills
Five Northwest computing students were recognized Friday, Dec. 4, after competing in a research competition sponsored by the Kansas City Power & Light Co. This is the second year for the competition.
Shan Lynn, manager of enterprise systems support for KCPL and a Northwest alumnus, said the utility organized the contest as a means of strengthening its relationship with Northwest in anticipation of new hires of graduates with degrees related to information technology.
Two two-person teams and one individual received recognition for research papers and presentations and split $1,000 in prize money. They were:
First place ($500), Jordan Assel, Cameron, and Lance Walley, Cameron, "Software Development in the DARPA Grand Challenge"
Second place ($250, tie), Rebecca Bagley, Mercer, and Dustin Singleton, Linneus, "Mobile Devices Change Security"
Second place ($250, tie), Abhimanyu Gullapalli, India, "Development of Ubiquitous Computing Environment"
Dr. Dean Sanders, professor of computer science and information systems, said the competition was open to Northwest students taking either software engineering I or systems analysis design. All entries were required to address some aspect of software development.
"This is such a good experience for our students," Sanders said. "It gives students a chance to use things they have learned in a completely different context, and it allows them to practice their writing and presentation skills."
Judging was divided into two rounds, a double-blind review of research papers by a faculty panel and evaluations of student presentations by a second panel made up KCPL representatives.
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