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MSSE Alums Creating Great Things from a Tiny Mission

August 1, 2010

The MSSE graduate program is designed to develop professional skills, teaching the fundamentals of software development and management of software technology. Recent graduates Bekki Freeman, Heath Schubert, and Andy Selvig have taken those skills and used them to launch their company.
Tiny Mission ( is their enterprise software development company specializing in mobile development with integrated web services. One example of Tiny Mission’s work is QuickCues, a set of social scripts designed for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Mike Whalen joins UMSEC

December 1, 2009

The University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mike Whalen will be the new Program Director for UMSEC. In this newly created position, Dr. Whalen will direct the research performed and sponsored by the center and will also administer parts of the Masters of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program.

CS&E Professor, Trading Agent Competition story in the news

February 18, 2008
Picture of John Collins

From manufacturers to agents and suppliers, there are many challenges in supply chain management. To address many of the obstacles involved in supporting dynamic supply chain management, researchers from around the world engage in a Trading Agent Competition, designed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science.

MSSE grad helps researchers reduce human-animal conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa

August 22, 2007
Huroye Scott

To some students, the goal of academic projects is to receive a top grade. But for recent CSE graduate Huroye Scott (M.S.S.E. '07), his objective was to help improve life for the people and ecosystem in sub-Saharan Africa through a project called Savannas Forever.

The Minnesota Daily highlights software engineering students who mix and mash Web sites

April 30, 2007

Imagine being able to mix and mash the features you like most from different Web sites, to create unique Web capabilities. The Minnesota Daily highlighted the software engineering student projects that do just that in a story in last week's paper entitled, "Creative students mix and mash Web sites."

CSE grad project aims to improve data management for counselors at Minneapolis Public Schools

February 19, 2007
CSE grad project aims to improve data management for counselors at Minneapolis Public Schools

CSE students Kevin Arnold and Clifton Peters have found an innovative way to meet their master’s program requirements, while helping the community though a new school project. The duo started a master’s project a last fall aimed at improving student data management for guidance counselors in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).

MSSE student assists in Autism project

October 23, 2006

MSSE student Mikko Niemioja has found an innovative project to work on as part of his degree program. He's implementing a web-based computer program called "The Visual Autism Symptom Scale" intended to be used by teachers to more accurately evaluate Autism in children and tailor lessons to their ability.

The project is the vision of Diane Halpin, a second-year doctoral student, seeking her degree in Special Education. Halpin is also the mother of a 10-year-old daughter with Autism.

IEEE's 14th Annual Requirements Conference is a success in Minneapolis

September 25, 2006

Downtown Minneapolis played host to the 14th International IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference Sept. 11-15, bringing academic and industry based software engineers from all over the world together to share ideas.

The conference, based at the Millennium Hotel, included presentation of the latest research results, workshops, tutorials, keynote speakers on a variety of topics, as well as a chance for engineers to network and explore Minneapolis.

Anjali Joshi wins Best Paper Award

November 16, 2005

Anjali Joshi wins Best Paper of Track at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference for her paper A Proposal for Model-based Safety Analysis.

Eric Van Wyk wins McKnight Land-Grant Professorship

November 5, 2005
Dr. Eric Van Wyk has won a prestigious 2005-2007 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for his project "Extensible Programming Languages for Cost-Effective Development or Reliable Software Systems." Dr. Van Wyk is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.