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2015

Young Software Engineer of the Year Award won by Abertay student

18 September 2015

Peeter Parna

A student from Abertay University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2015.

Peeter Parna won first prize for an outstanding project combining fluid dynamics, gaming and advanced programming.

The Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards, now in their 26th year, are given to the best undergraduate software projects, drawn from across all students studying computer science and software engineering in Scotland.

Each university submits the best final year undergraduate software engineering project from amongst their students.

Peeter said: “To be honest, I still can't quite believe that I've won this award. It's a huge honour to have my work recognized on a national level. I'm feeling happy – although a bit tired! – and excited for the future.

“Studying at Abertay has had a huge impact on my professional skillset. Thanks to the varied course material, I've been exposed to exciting topics in generic computing, software engineering as well as mathematics and physics.

“Abertay's professional ties with the gaming industry have given me opportunities to work with cutting edge software and hardware normally not accessible to students.”

The awards are organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry and were presented at the ScotSoft2015 dinner in front of over 600 guests from across the industry.

Peeter combined his fascination with fluid dynamics and his interest in gaming in his project. His research involved GPU programming and investigating methods for liquid simulation with real-time applications.

Using complex mathematics and parallel processing Peeter concluded that physically based liquid simulation on GPUs is feasible for interactive applications, such as computer games, if and if only care is taken with the stability of the simulation methods.

Peeter is a graduate of Abertay University, now studying for his PhD at Abertay. He was born in Estonia and moved to Scotland for his Bachelor’s degree.

He was struggling to decide what subject he should study at a higher level, torn between theoretical physics and information technology. He mentioned this to his close group of friends over the internet, with whom he spent hours playing online games.

One of them happened to be from Dundee and mentioned the game programming courses at Abertay University. He decided to fly over to check out the university and was so impressed he chose their Computer Games Technology course.

This project was considered to be exceptional by the judges, and Peeter received a cheque for £2500 from prize sponsor Sopra Steria, and the Young Software Engineer of the Year trophy given by ScotlandIS.

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About the Awards

The Young Software Engineer of the Year awards are given to the best undergraduate software projects, drawn from across all students studying computer science and software engineering in Scotland. Each university nominates the best final year undergraduate software engineering project to be submitted for the Awards.

The Awards are organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for software and the digital technologies industry, and were presented at the ScotSoft2015 Awards Dinner.

A wide range of projects was submitted and the standard was very high. The projects are judged against the following criteria:

· Level of Innovation
· Planning & Organisation
· Technical Difficulty
· Commercial and/or Social relevance
· Quality of Engineering
· Quality of presentation
· Level of Knowledge & Previous Research

About ScotlandIS

The trade body for the digital technologies industry, ScotlandIS represents over 300 software, telecoms, IT and digital agency businesses throughout Scotland.
Its remit is to raise the profile of the industry in Scotland, lobby policy makers on relevant issues and support our members in the development of business relationships with customers, suppliers and partner companies.

Members offer a broad range of products, services and skills to users in industry, commerce and the public sector. Many members are also internationally recognised and active in world export markets. ScotlandIS has members across the breadth of the Scottish digital technologies industry from global players to small highly specialist companies.

 

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