The Evergreen State College Hosts Computer Science Software Fair

May 28, 2004

Tuesday, June 1, 2004
The Evergreen State College
Daniel J. Evans Library mezzanine
1-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Projects in ecology, automotive maintenance, computer chip testing, legal systems, e-commerce, and graphics support for computer games are those to be showcased at the Computer Science Software Fair. The event takes place at The Evergreen State College on Tuesday, June 1 at the Daniel J. Evans Library mezzanine. The event is free and open to the public. Campus parking is $1.25.

Twenty-five computer science students at Evergreen organize the software fair to demonstrate their yearlong software engineering projects, which spring from the Student Originated Software program. This course combines upper-division computer science learning with in-depth practical experiences in software engineering, including the planning, management, design, implementation and maintenance of software.

Students have worked in small groups for an identified real-world customer, or in pursuit of an intellectually or socially worthwhile idea. During fall and winter quarters, they completed software system design and learned the technologies needed to implement their systems. In the spring quarter, they completed the programming of the projects that they will demonstrate at the Software Fair.

Seven projects will be displayed and demonstrated. Among them are software for a "roll your own e-commerce site;" an open source software for automobile engine diagnostics; an open source 3D model rendering framework for game development; and an operating system support for running programs on multiple UNIX computers.

Student Originated Software faculty members Judith Bayard Cushing and Sheri Shulman, and Evergreen staff members Isaac Overcast, Michael Finch and Anne Fiala mentored the students' work. Financial support comes from community sponsors and grants from the National Collegiate Inventors' and Innovators' Alliance, the National Science Foundation and Evergreen's PLATO Royalty Fund.

Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213
Dr. Judith Cushing, (360) 867-6652
Dr. Sheri Shulman, (360) 867-6721