E&T Students Lead the way to National Title

Pictured (L to R) - Orion corporate executives, Carie Young, Lovina Roundy, Christian Russell, Joel Drake, Qianwen Bi, JP Tang.

Two software engineering students from the College of Engineering & Technology helped a UVU team win the National T3 Student Competition at the 2018 T3 Conference (Technology Tools for Today) in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, February 6-9.

The winning UVU team consisted of two Software Engineering students, Lovina Roundy and Christian Russell 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 was “How Can You Get the Right Data When You Need It?” The winning team from UVU was paired with corporate executives from ORION. The team together developed a new computer program nicknamed, RIGEL, targeted for the financial planning industry which allows communication between multiple platforms such as Google Assistant, Slack, Skype and Amazon Alexa.

This was the first year that UVU’s software engineering students were invited to the competition and they did not disappoint. “Our UVU students were absolutely the best at the competition,” said Jingpeng Tang, Associate Professor of Computer Science. “The judges were all very impressed with our student’s knowledge, preparation and presentation skills.”

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