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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 8, 2009

Computing students recognized by KCPL for software development skills

KCPL contest winners

Shan Lynn (left), manager of enterprise systems support for KCPL and a Northwest alumnus, presents $500 to Jordan Assel (center) and Lance Walley, who received first place in a computer research competition sponsored by KCPL. Assel and Walley are both senior computer science majors from Cameron.

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:

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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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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