Students named finalists in the international software engineering competition – WSU Insider


A group of Washington State University students were finalists in an international software engineering competition.

The students, seniors specializing in software engineering, were one of five teams selected as finalists in the competition organized as part of the International Conference on Software Engineering, a leading research conference in the field. The competition is held every two years and attracts participants from all over the world.

“This is a very competitive event, and to be recognized is a great achievement for our team,” said Bolong Zeng, assistant professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Everett who advised the students. “I wanted to show that we have a program with the best students who can succeed in a competition of such quality. I am immensely proud of their achievement.

As part of the competition, students developed an artificial intelligence (AI) -based tool that uses AI to analyze plain text into actionable and detailed elements. The tool can help software engineers produce better quality products, while making their work more efficient and consistent. The project was also part of the students’ senior design project.

“We like to call it a ‘software engineering meta-project’ because they are using their software engineering knowledge to develop a tool to improve software engineering,” Zeng said. “A tool like this could certainly help dramatically improve productivity in the software development industry.”

As part of the project, students worked with Skip Baccus, a WSU alumnus and senior executive at Microsoft, who served as a mentor in the industry and learned valuable lessons in software engineering principles for their future. career, Zeng said.

“People often have the misconception that software is all about programming and nothing else, when the truth couldn’t be further from that,” he said. “They have to work effectively as a team, cooperate with their clients and clients, while meeting various technical challenges. This is the ideal quality for successful engineers.

The students of the project were Aric Monary, Emily Cawlfield, Phong Bach and Nain Galvan. Cawlfield and Monary have since graduated.

“I am grateful that our teacher, Bolong Zeng, gave us this opportunity to participate in the competition and guided us through the process,” said Bach.


Gordon K. Morehouse