A global software company is partnering with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on a mentorship program. The collaboration involves computer science and software engineering students creating components that could be used by Iowa-based The GForge Group. September 12, 2013

News Release

URBANDALE, Iowa – Earlier today, officials from The GForge Group, the provider of the software application lifecycle management suite titled “GForge Advanced Server,” announced their first-ever private/public partnership with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Specifically, an agreement has been reached to establish a special mentorship program with Computer Science and Software Engineering students at Rose-Hulman's campus in Terre Haute, Ind.

During the school year, Rose-Hulman students will be divided into teams of four or five. Each group will be tasked with implementing a new feature in The GForge Group's product: GForge Advanced Server. The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with real-world engineering experience.

According to Rose-Hulman Assistant Professor Chandan Rupakheti, the mentorship program, developed jointly by GForge Group President Tony Bibbs, is an incredible opportunity for software engineering students who wish to immerse themselves in “real-world” problems.

“This partnership opens up a new avenue of collaboration between academia and industry. We are extremely excited to launch this special 10-week mentorship program. It has been carefully designed for students to build software components that potentially can be rolled into the product line of an industry leader like GForge,” stated Rupakheti.

Tony Bibbs, GForge Group's top executive, reinforced the importance of providing hands-on experience to Rose-Hulman's students. “Every year, the job market competition increases and it's critical for students to gain in-depth experience in product development. For example, they need to apply agile software principles, be the best in writing and testing source code and performing peer code reviews.”

Bibbs went on to say, “Through this mentorship program, the students will learn how to effectively collaborate using tools like the GForge Advanced Server. After all, we know poor project management and collaboration result in software projects that fail.”

About The GForge Group:

For more than a decade, The GForge Group has been helping technology leaders deliver amazing results. From start-ups to space missions, GForge Advanced Server helps organizations remain focused on their priorities, iterate quicker and move great ideas to market faster. With a smart process that offers proven efficiencies, The GForge Group supports such notable clients as BAE Systems, Boeing, Brookhaven National Lab, Cisco Systems, Dell, Harvard, IBM, John Hopkins University, JP Morgan Chase, the Library of Congress, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, Pioneer Research, Raytheon, Siemens, Sony, T-Mobile and Texas Instruments, to name just a few. In addition, our global client support spans nearly 20 countries. The GForge Group is headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa. To learn more about the GForge Advanced Server, please visit https://gforgegroup.com.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The college, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has rated Rose-Hulman as the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. Rose-Hulman has also been recognized by The Princeton Review, which cited six of the institute’s professors within their 2012 Best 300 Professors book, the only institution of higher learning in Indiana to be included. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu.

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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