PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg Computer Science Program students gave presentations of their final projects as part of the Software Programs ShowCase inside the Caperton Center for Applied Technology Center on Friday.
The first year having a presentation similar to this in front of classmates and college officials, the Software Programs ShowCase is a set of presentations of final projects completed and delivered by students from the AAS Computer Science Program and the BAT Software Engineering Program.
Only a select few were able to present from many projects in the program. Students came from courses ranging from Introduction to Programming, Mobile App Development and Capstone courses from both programs.
Some of the presentations included computer gaming, mobile app and a series of custom business applications.
“My presentation was on information on a programmable logic controller monitoring system, which integrates with Mitsubishi PLCs. It’s basically an industrial monitoring system, which monitors that PLC,” student Donatas Vasauskas said. “Which is defined by the user and that allows you to see all the faults, all the run times, all the stop times to show the efficiency of work. It eliminates such things as human error and paper logging.”
Fellow student Devon Dalrymple’s presentation was making a customer portal for the college’s reverse makerspace system. Originally using a pen and paper to kept track of everything, according to Dalrymple, he made a system now where customers could make an account on the college’s website and have instant communication.
“It’s excellent to see students making an application that we can use here and companies can use. You can see the evolution, they’re learning through the program,” said Chad Crumbaker, WVU-P Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “It’s really exciting to see students take that stuff on and be able to just excel, then to be able to present to us and show us what they’re up to. It’s just a really neat experience that we can provide at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.”
Program professor Gary Thompson said one of the main reasons for doing the presentations was to show the phenomenal projects that the students have been working on since the beginning of the semester.
“It just seemed wrong that nobody else was going to see what was going on here. So we figured we got to come up with a way of doing this, we had the idea of this computing program showcase, with the support of WVU Parkersburg,” Thompson said. “We were able to put this together and pull it off. I’m ecstatic because it’s allowed our students to show the quality of work that they can come up with.”
WVU-P offers two computing programs, Computer Information Technology and Computer Science program. Both programs offer associate and bachelor’s degrees.
“People stepped up and have adapted well. It’s not as good as learning and teaching in person by any stretch. But everybody has done the best we can in the situation. I’m very proud of what people have accomplished,” Professor Charles Almond said.
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