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SwEng Project 2023 – Mersus Technologies collaborates with Trinity College


Mersus Technologies recently had the exciting opportunity to collaborate with talented students from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science & Statistics (SCSS) through the SwEng Industry Project. This unique program connects future software engineers with companies to work on real-life industry projects, providing students with valuable hands-on experience and offering companies fresh insights and ideas. In this blog post, we’ll share our experience working with the students from Trinity College’s Software Engineering program and the benefits of participating in such an innovative collaboration, including insights from our mentors on the project, Simon Lesné and Jordan Murphy.

The SwEng Industry Project: Connecting Future Engineers with Companies

The SwEng Industry Project is a standout initiative from Trinity College Dublin’s SCSS. The program aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry by enabling students to work alongside established companies on real-world projects. These collaborations not only provide students with invaluable experience, but they also offer companies the opportunity to benefit from the students’ unique perspectives and skills.

Mersus Technologies’ Collaboration with Trinity College Students

Our collaboration with the students from Trinity College’s Software Engineering program was a rewarding and enriching experience. The students brought fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic to the table, creating an invigorating atmosphere that fostered creativity and innovation. Together, we tackled a challenging project – capturing and analysing data from a virtual environment.   This required the  students to apply cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to solve complex problems.

Simon Lesné and Jordan Murphy, immersive developers at Mersus Technologies, served as mentors for the project, guiding the students throughout the process. Their wealth of knowledge and experience in virtual reality, immersive technology, and software development played a crucial role in supporting the students as they navigated the challenges and complexities of the project.

Jordan Murphy shared his thoughts on the collaboration: “The SwEng project was a great chance to see the calibre of the students of TCD, and their abilities to adapt and overcome unknown obstacles. In a short space of time, the students learned common frameworks of the industry and implemented them to a high level of professionalism and skill with the guidance of their mentors. Where this project excelled was the visualisation of the data, to which the statistics and 3D visualisation really highlight the possibilities of tracking such data through VR training, and what power this data can create within the training procedures of any company.”

The SwEng project was a great chance to see the caliber of the students of TCD, and their abilities to adapt and overcome unknown obstacles.

The Benefits of Collaborating with Future Engineers

Working with the students from Trinity College’s Software Engineering program offered several advantages. Not only did we gain access to the latest academic research and technological advancements, but we also had the opportunity to mentor and guide the next generation of software engineers. Through this collaboration, Simon, Jordan, and the rest of the Mersus Technologies team were able to exchange knowledge, foster innovation, and contribute to the students’ professional development.

Preparing Students for the Real World of Software Engineering

The SwEng Industry Project provides students with the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations, preparing them for the real world of software engineering. By working on real-life industry projects, students gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and complexities of software development, while also developing essential problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Mersus Technologies’ Commitment to Supporting Future Engineers

At Mersus Technologies, we firmly believe in supporting the next generation of software engineers and fostering collaboration between academia and industry. Our experience with the SwEng Industry Project, along with the mentorship provided by Simon and Jordan, has reinforced our commitment to nurturing future talent and actively participating in programs that bridge the gap between education and the professional world.

Brenda Mannion, COO of Mersus Technologies stated: “As a judge on the SWEng Project panel at Trinity College Dublin, I am consistently impressed by the caliber of students involved. Their dedication to software engineering, problem-solving skills, and creativity in tackling real-world projects is truly commendable. At Mersus Technologies, we are proud to mentor these students, and we have witnessed firsthand how their learning and growth during the project contribute to their readiness for the industry. It’s truly inspiring to see the potential of these students and the impact they can make in the field of software engineering.” 

Mersus Technologies’ collaboration with the students from Trinity College’s Software Engineering program through the SwEng Industry Project was an immensely rewarding experience for both parties. We are proud to have played a role in shaping the future of software engineering and look forward to continuing our involvement in initiatives that support and nurture the next generation of talented engineers. The mentorship provided by Simon Lesné and Jordan Murphy highlights our commitment to sharing knowledge, fostering innovation, and contributing to the professional development of future engineers. With such collaborative efforts, we can bridge the gap between academia and the professional world, creating a brighter future for the software engineering industry.

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