Strathclyde engineer wins Amor group award

by Émer O’Toole

Alistair Smith, an Engineer from Strathclyde University won a special award at the ‘Young Software Engineer of the Year’ awards earlier this month.

Alistair Smith wins Amor Group Award

ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s information and communications (ICT) industry, presented the talented student with the Amor Group award. This is a special prize given to the project, which according to the judges most clearly maintains software engineering principles. Amor Group is Scotland’s dominant independent specialist provider of expert business consultancy and IT solutions.

Smith’s winning project involved the development of a software tool, which analyses complicated software applications as they are running, to discover the relations between their components. Results are arranged in an infographic, demonstrating the interactions in real time, enabling the user to view how the application works.

Alistair was extremely pleased with his success: “I’ve always done my best to excel at work that interests me, and I’m glad to see that it’s paid off.”

Alistair graduated in Software Engineering from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. He is now working as a software development engineer at Amazon’s Development Centre in Edinburgh.

Professor Ian Ruthven, head of the University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, said: “We are delighted with Alistair’s success in winning this award. Computer and Information Sciences at Strathclyde has a long-standing reputation for producing talented software engineers and Alistair’s award is recognition of this.

“Our graduates are highly sought-after by prestigious employers, many of whom have located development centres in Scotland owing to the quality of our local graduates.”

For his project (Dacca: Software Design Maps using Dynamic Information), Alistair was presented with a cheque for £1500 which he says will go towards recovering from his recent move to Edinburgh and a trip to visit his fiancée in America over Christmas.

Alistair said: “I would like to give my thanks to the department and my project supervisor, Dr Murray wood, in particular. He’s been my supervisor from first year and a big help throughout my time at university.”

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