Following on from the hugely successful Final Year Projects Expo 2011. James Flynn and Brendan Murray of IBM Ireland announced Graham Rhodes, 4th Year student from the BSc. in Computer Applications as the winner of a high spec laptop for the best use of Opensource in his project. Graham is one of the many recent graduates who were offered employment or job interviews with many IT companies.
Recent reports show a significant rise in job opportunities in the ICT sector and a shortfall of graduates to fill the vacancies. Ireland has created 5,000 jobs in the technology sector since 2010 and employers expect more opportunities for software engineers in the future.
The School of Computing have been contacted directly from a company in Canada Irdeto www.irdeto.com in relation to two job opportunities in the capacity of ‘Professional Hackers’ for their Security Lifecycle team in Ottawa.
They are particularly keen on our graduates from the Masters in Security & Forensics course and have been impressed by the course material and the skills learned by a previous MSSF graduate, who currently works there. The successful candidates would move to Ottawa Canada and have the opportunity to work with some extremely exciting technologies and platforms from set top boxes to embedded systems such as iOS and Android. Anyone interested should visit http://hostedjobs.openhire.com/epostings/submit.cfm?version=3&company_id=15718
There has been some noise in the media recently about a short-fall in skilled Computing graduates. Supply has fallen behind demand, and the IT industry seems to be immune to the recession. As a consequence we in DCU have noticed an increase in demand for places on our Computing programs. As the graph illustrates the pressure on places for our undergraduate degree programs seems to be climbing back up to near its peak as it was before the infamous dot-com bust. This demand has accelerated recently with a very noticeable late surge in response to the CAO change-of-mind process this year.
Paul Clarke (Lero funded PhD researcher) and Dr. Rory O'Connor won the best Paper award at 18th European Software Process Improvement Conference (EuroSPI 2011) in Denmark last week.
The award was for their paper titled "The Meaning of Success for Software SMEs: An Holistic Scorecard Based Approach". As part of the award, they are asked to present this work at the 23rd Quality Management Conference in the USA next year.