Analog Devices, Inc. has collaborated with the University of Limerick (UL), and other companies including economic infrastructure technology provider Stripe, to launch a computer science program: Immersive Software Engineering (ISE).
Given the increased demand for developer talent globally and the rapid growth of the internet economy, ISE is designed to revolutionize the way computer science is taught, creating industry-experienced software professionals to drive greater business impact. As part of the research start-up aspect of this UL initiative, ADI will fund experimental development and research with the aim of developing new software processes and services.
“ADI is committed to increasing the impact of software advancements across industries and we are uniquely positioned to do this as the bridge between the physical and digital worlds,” said Vincent Roche, president and CEO of ADI. “We understand the vital need for programs such as ISE in training software engineers of the future.”
Through the ISE program, students will be able to take advantage of the resources offered at ADI Catalyst, a hands-on, incubator-like R&D facility in Limerick, Ireland, focused on forming new communities, creating living labs, and developing breakthrough technologies such as AI, robotics, and sustainable applications.
ADI Catalyst serves as a collaboration center that uses a true partnership approach to help customers resolve the challenges they face at an accelerated pace. It provides a unique setting for customers and research organizations to interact with ADI and solve problems together in a single collaborative environment. Limerick is also home to Analog Devices’ European Research and Development Center, which has a long-standing reputation for developing cutting-edge technology.
John Collison, co-founder, and president of Stripe, said: “Software engineers enjoy incredible careers solving some of the world’s most important problems in the fastest growing industries, yet we have nowhere near enough of them. Immersive Software Engineering seeks to provide a great path for more secondary students (especially young women) into technology.”
Leveraging an ecosystem of well-respected organizations, such as ADI, UL, Stripe, and others will bring the ISE program to life for students while providing employment opportunities to its graduates. ISE consists of a three-year intensive undergraduate program with an integrated fourth year at the master’s level. Industry residencies where students gain in-company experience will account for nearly half of the total program, enabling them to acquire necessary skills in real-world settings alongside instructors. The first students are expected to enroll in the ISE program in September 2022.
“Analog Devices is one of our most committed, generous, and long-term collaborators, and I am delighted to have the company join us in this exciting new initiative,” said University of Limerick president, Professor Kerstin Mey. “We welcome the opportunity to work with ADI to reshape how tomorrow’s software engineers will be educated in such a significant way.”
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