Software Engineering Grads Lack the Skills Startups Need

Study shows university software engineering programs focus too much on the needs of large companies

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IEEE Senior Member Nitish M. Devadiga, a principal engineer at startup Datarista, conducted the study.
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THE INSTITUTEToday’s software engineering programs teach students traditional skills tailored to large employers—subjects like software processes, software analysis, project management, and software management. But startups and next-gen technology companies expect a dynamic and in-depth understanding of the software ecosystem and its tools from new graduates. They want grads who can build scalable systems and program for large-scale, distributed, data-intensive systems that leverage cloud computing.

Unfortunately, the standard software engineering curriculum—even at top-tier schools—places little emphasis on these skills, according to IEEE Senior Member Nitish M. Devadiga.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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