SITC Holds 10th SDP Poster Presentation, Launches ACM

SITC Holds 10th SDP Poster Presentation, Launches ACM

On April 26, graduating seniors in the School of IT & Computing used the 10th SDP Poster Presentation to professionally communicate their work visually and orally.

President Dekle underscored the importance of the ability to communicate with others about innovation in a persuasive way.

“It is one thing to be technically accurate and to have a good idea, but the more important thing is bringing that technical expertise and a good idea to the marketplace.”

The Dean of the SITC, Dr. Mathias Fonkam, said the poster presentation represents a major milestone in the development of the Students Senior Design Project which in and of itself is a key component of their degree program. He said the essence is for them to get feedback from members of the community which they should incorporate in the project design and development, and hopefully up its quality and usefulness. He added that the School and AUN as a whole encourage students to consider solutions to problems within the local and extended community that can have an impact in the society.

Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Hussaini, who initiated the poster presentation and has been coordinating the event since it was started some five years ago, said the event is also important because it enables students to gain practice in the delivery of technical information.

The event was attended by members from across the university community as well as from the host community. Three tertiary institutions that showed presence were the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Federal College of Education, Yola, and Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola.

A Computer Science lecturer with the Polytechnic, Mike Androcles Murray, who was attending a function at AUN for the second time, noted that the works presented by the students were challenging.

Another Computer Science lecturer with FCE Yola, Muhammed Umar, said he has been attending the program with students for a long time and has been motivated by feedback from the students. He finds the presenters were very engaging.

“Our students learn a lot from the presenters.”

Ahmad Adamu who designed a Rails-Real-Time train Ticket Reservation & Booking System said he was motivated to do the work owing to the disappointment he had when he wanted to buy a train ticket despite being on the station two hours before departure.

“Immediately it was two people before me, they said the ticket was finished. If there was an online booking system, maybe I should have booked two weeks ahead.”

The event also featured the formal launch of the AUN Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) by President Dekle. The President recognized the role played by Dr. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala in ensuring that this world’s largest computing society is established at AUN.

ACM’s faculty adviser Dr. Narasimha Rao said student interest in joining this important computing society is very encouraging, adding, “We actually started with less than 10 members but as of today, we have more than 200 members who are active. And the numbers keep increasing every day.”

Dean Fonkam thanked Dr. Narasimha for his leadership in establishing an AUN Chapter for this important student and professional computing body and added that it was also Prof Rao who initiated and got in place the American Information Systems (AIS) AUN student Chapter.

Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa