Software Engineering Students Again Lead way to National Title

Two computer science students from the College of Engineering & Technology helped a UVU team win the National T3 Student Competition at the 2019 T3 Conference (Technology Tools for Today) in Dallas, Texas, Jan 28-31.

The winning UVU team consisted of two Software Engineering students, Drew Adams and John Worlton from the Department of Computer Science along with two UVU financial planning students.

The T3 (Technology Tools for Today) Conference gives student teams a chance to be paired with corporate “mentors” who together solve a hypothetical problem. This year’s problem centered on cyber identity theft. The winning team from UVU was paired with executives from ORION. The team together developed a new website and program to provide personal identity theft monitoring for ORION clients. After the awards were presented, ORION executives announced they would be adopting the new website and will soon roll it out for their actual clients.

“It’s a real feather in our UVU cap to have major corporations adopting our undergraduates’ work as part of their platform,” said Jingpeng Tang, Associate Professor of Computer Science.  

This was the second consecutive year that UVU’s software engineering students were invited to the competition and they once again rose to the occasion. 

“Our UVU students were coding till all hours of the morning,” said Tang. “The Orion executives were so impressed with our student’s skills, they made a job offer to senior Drew Adams right on the spot.”

Members of the first place winning team were: Drew Adams, John Worlton, Fredrick Shelton, Kelly Gwynn with faculty advisors Jingpeng Tang and Rachel Bi. 

In addition to the first place team, another team of UVU students took third place at the competition for their work with Robust Wealth company. Members of the third place team were Nathan Hanzel (CS Student), Erica Youd (CS Student), Sam Jones (WB Student), Andrew Ossola (WB Student) with faculty advisors Jingpeng Tang and Rachel Bi.

The winning student team members will all receive scholarships to further their studies at UVU.