Department of Software Engineering Resources

BS Student Resources

Society of Software Engineers (SSE)

The Society of Software Engineers (SSE) was founded by students, for students, in 2001.

SSE partners with our department to provide great opportunities for our students, including:

  • Mentoring and tutoring: Student mentors are available in the SSE Mentoring Lab for one-on-one help with course work. SSE also coordinates review sessions for introductory computing courses.
  • Networking: SSE is a great link to the working world. Students returning from co-op often bring news of job openings. And alumni come back to SSE to recruit full-time employees.
  • Professional Development: Students share knowledge, (and gain public speaking experience) through Tech Talks. The Projects Committee is always working on something new.
  • Social events: The club hosts a variety of events throughout the year - everything from laser tag and campus-wide capture the flag tournaments to the annual Winter Ball.

SSE meets weekly (when classes are in session) in the SSE Mentoring Lab, GOL-1670. Check their website for meeting times this term.

Order of the Engineer

According to the ASCE, "The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. The goal is to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. Participants take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a steel ring to be worn as a reminder of their commitment to high ethics and professionalism."

Each spring KGCOE offers an Order of the Engineer ceremony for graduating engineers; the schedule for the oath can be found on the commencement website

Eligible students are contacted by Karen Ester in KGCOE's Dean's Office. If you have any questions, please visit Karen or JoAnne Buschang in KGCOE's Dean's Office.

Women in Computing (WiC)

Women in Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (WiC at RIT) provides an interdisciplinary networking forum for students, faculty, staff and alumni involved in the field of computing at The Rochester Institute of Technology through professional, leadership, mentorship, and technical development opportunities. WiC at RIT will also encourage the advancement of women in computing through community outreach.

Visit WiC's website for more information!

Each year, WiC sends a number of its active members to the Grace Hopper Conference - the world's largest gathering of women technologists.

Software Vendor Alliances

IBM Academic Initiative
The Software Engineering department is a member of the IBM Academic Initiative which provides accredited and approved academic members with access to a wide range of IBM products for instructional, learning and non-commercial research (see Offerings include no-charge licenses for IBM software (including WebSphere, DB2, Lotus, Tivoli, Rational, and others), as well as training materials, books, and other supplies. Some items are directly available to students via the Student Portal. Others need to be obtained by a registered faculty member. Contact Professor Scott Hawker for further information.

DreamSpark (formerly Microsoft Academic Alliance)
Through an agreement with Microsoft, the Software Engineering Department is pleased to announce that all Software Engineering students can download a variety of Microsoft products off the web free of charge. If you are interested in this opportunity, follow this link to get started.
If for whatever reason you are not allowed to download software, either you are not registered as an SE student, are not taking an SE class, or have let your SE password expire. If your SE account allows you to log in in the labs, your DreamSpark access should work.


  1. log into DreamSpark. This login is your SE account name and password.
  2. Once logged in successfully, click on software. This will bring you to a pull-down choice of software to download and once checked out, select the appropriate CD-key. If you have problems, please stop by 70-1527.

For quick problems, send an email.

Palo Alto Networks

Google Cloud Platform

Accreditation & Honors


  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • RIT's Institutional Research and Policy Studies office maintains enrollment data for the software engineering program. This data is available on their website.

Honors Society

  • Software engineering students can join the engineering honor society, Tau Beti Pi, once in their third, fourth, or fifth year. You can find more information about eligibilityevents, and more on their website.

MS Student Resources


Graduate Assistantship

A Graduate Assistantship is an employment opportunity offered by the Department of Software Engineering. Responsibilities will vary, but Graduate Assistants may work as research assistants, provide lab support, etc. Graduate Assistants are not responsible for any direct classroom teaching. Graduate Assistants who are supervised by a faculty member are responsible for all assigned work for the number of hours offered. Students who do not fulfill the required work can have their assistantship terminated, including their hourly wage and scholarship.

The department offers Graduate Assistantship positions each academic year, starting in the fall. Positions may be available on a full (20 hours per week) or part-time (10 hours per week) basis. See the Graduate Handbook for compensation information.

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship using this form. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due no later than April 1, 2019.