July 28, 2014
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RIT software engineers: Helping anyone—and their grandfather—use computers PR musings, Students

My grandfather thinks I’m a computer genius. He doesn’t know that I use Google to fix most of my computer problems.

To find the true computer geniuses, head to RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. I had the opportunity to see just what those aces are up to at the Software Engineering Senior Project Presentations.

Daniel Joseph (left) and Christopher Cowdery-Corvan, of team Cheddar Luck Next Time, explain their production workflow software system that Wegmans will use to track the maturing, aging and processing of artisan cheeses in their new affinage center being built in Rochester. The group used Velveeta as a mock artisan cheese.

Students are assigned to solve challenging, real-world software issues for a company or organization that acts as the team’s sponsor. Topics ranged from a Web and mobile application that accelerates the processing and ordering of cheese for  Wegmans Food Markets to a website that helps coordinate volunteers and community resources for the Brockport Central School District. Several projects even looked at ways to improve on systems here at RIT.

One group designed a system that moves the current paper-only advising system online, allowing students and advising staff to create and experiment with different academic plans. Another group redesigned a course assignment and request system for faculty and staff to address security holes and lack of user input validation within the current system. A group even reworked the existing co-op evaluation forms, which have garnered negative comments from users due to slow response times and time-outs.

Normally when I think software engineering, I picture programmers using things like JavaScript, jQuery and PHP to solve computer problems. I was surprised to find more focus on usability and functionality than anything else in the projects. I never knew that software engineers were so concerned with how the everyday user interacts with the program. They really want to make sure that anyone and their grandfather is able to navigate their creations. Congratulations and good luck to the 2012 software engineers.

To learn more about the 2012 software engineering senior projects, click here.

 
  1. Karolyn
    Jul 17

    Scott, my family are perceiving me for a computer pro as well, even though I am not even close to it, so I know what you mean :) I am applauding the 2012 software engineering senior projects, as they are really related with the newest trends in the digital-age we all live in and are yet oriented to educate and the ones who belong to the previous generation of my parents :) Good luck to all of them!

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