CWU Computer Science Students Develop App for Ford Motor Company

Apr. 1, 2022

Students pose with the car they developed software for

L-R: Lucas Keizur, Kirsten Boyles, Richard DeYoung, Craig Turnbell, Joe Corona, Bob Rapp


Five Central Washington University computer system science college students have been introduced with a monumental task—create a car charging station application (app) for true-earth use. The student’s capstone project—the end result of their CWU education—was sponsored and overseen by the Ford Motor Enterprise and developed in just 10 months.

The workforce of pupils developed and designed an application to assist electrical vehicle owners in obtaining charging stations suitable for their automobile, working with a programming language and advancement framework they had hardly ever encountered right before, for a serious shopper anticipating serious outcomes. That client was Bob Rapp, senior lover at Envorso and mentor to CWU Personal computer Science college students, who arrived away from the undertaking amazed with the students’ function.

“Central is superb, the students are incredible, the faculty is terrific, and the administration is effortless to function with,” Rapp stated of the public-personal partnership. “I adore the capacity the students have to feel exterior the box. They function genuinely tricky, they do excellent do the job, and frankly, I wish I was that wise when I was their age.”

The group was comprised of Kirsten Boyles, Lucas Keizur, Craig Turnbell, Richard DeYoung, and Joe Corona, all who are graduating Laptop Science majors. Although the team was encouraged by CWU Professor of Computer Science Szilárd Vajda, all improvement and technique selections were left fully up to the college students. 

“Professor Vajda gave us a ton of seriously superior direction,” Boyles mentioned. “He was the one particular who truly pushed us when we expressed desire in heading the Flutter and Dart path and assisted us preserve our end-objective in sight so we did not get misplaced in the tunnels alongside the way.”

Flutter, a program growth framework, and Dart, a programming language, were both of those unfamiliar to the team, but they uncovered the ins and outs of these new methods as they created their application, to excellent results.

“We have been inspired by our client to stage outdoors of our ease and comfort zone,” DeYoung stated. “Not only did we discover anything new, we also shown that our staff is ready to acquire and use a new skillset within a 10-7 days timeframe.”

Vajda claims assignments like this are crucial to pupil accomplishment. “Rather than assign normal, abstract faculty jobs, I check out to find true-lifetime, shopper-led capstones for my learners,” Vajda mentioned. “This way their perform is quite in-need and they get the possibility to function with industry specialists ahead of they graduate.”

As a consequence of their good results, all 5 pupils on the group have been supplied internships with Envorso to carry on making their application. Rapp also expressed fascination in hiring them comprehensive-time on internship completion, to polish up the application and release it for around the globe use.

Media contact: Rune Torgersen, Division of Public Affairs, [email protected], 509-963-1264