Glassboro Awards Rowan Computer Science And Electrical and Computer Engineering Students

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The Glassboro Economic Development (GED) office honored a team of Rowan University computer science (CS) and electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students on Tuesday, December 14, for work they d

The Glassboro Economic Development (GED) office honored a team of Rowan University computer science (CS) and electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students on Tuesday, December 14, for work they did on a software program for the borough.

Teams of computer science and electrical and computer engineering students in Dr. Adrian Rusu?s software engineering classes have been working on a GED competitive project to design a program to facilitate Glassboro residents in applying for a variety grants for which they are eligible. Throughout the semester they have been developing ? and later presenting ? their programs, which focus on a number of parameters, such as income and location, necessary to include in grant applications for funding for homeowners? projects.

The winning team members are Amy Vanderslice (ECE) of Norristown, PA; Matthew Mokracek (ECE) of Howell; Kevin McGarry (CS) of Pennsauken; Matthew Marbach (ECE) of Cinnaminson; and Thomas Breslin (CS) of Pitman. Their software program covers virtually every aspect of the grant application process, from storing the parameters and guidelines for each grant to saving the applicant?s information to sending the necessary form letters to the homeowner and the contractor awarded the work.

Sam Leone, director of the GED, said, ?We are excited and honored to have been able to work with (the) students on this project. The students have a valuable software package that will assist our office and potentially hundreds of others across the state in administering grant funds to low- and moderate-income homeowners. The software will be implemented and used to make our office many times more efficient than it already is, and in exchange (the) students have had the valuable chance to gain real-world experience.?

Leone said, ?We?ve put a lot of time into this project but we didn?t have to put out any cash. We?re winding up with a software program that we?ll get a lot of use out of and is very efficient, but that I couldn?t justify paying for. It?s a real value for us. It?s definitely worthwhile."

?I am glad to help the community and especially people in need in Glassboro,? said Rusu, who received a plaque from Glassboro mayor Leo McCabe "for creating an innovative educational partnership with the Borough of Glassboro and Glassboro Economic Development.?

Leone and Rusu believe the software will be useful to other municipalities, and a representative from the Department of Community Affairs recently attended the presentations. The students may market it in the near future.

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