As students in North America returned to school this month, the Raleigh team ramped up involvement with North Carolina State University (NCSU); participating in both the NCSU Sr. Design program and several recruiting events came by specifically towards computer science majors.
The Sr. Design program allows corporations from across the nation provide real-world learning experiences for NCSU students as part of the colleges required coursework, CSC 492. Organizations provide a problem statement and a mentor team, and the university provides talented students suited to the needs of the project. Under the direction of the Senior Design Center staff, the student teams follow a software development methodology; develop project documentation, and present progress reviews. This unique academic and experiential focus gives students the opportunity to enhance their communication, collaboration, project management and leadership skills. This creates a true "win-win" situation for both company sponsors and NCSU students.
This semester, ePLM KPITes submitted a proposal entitled “ASD Simplified Technical English Grammar Proofing” - Simplified Technical English, or Simplified English, is a controlled language originally developed for aerospace industry maintenance manuals. STE was created for use in the aerospace and defense industries, but other industries have used it as a basis for their own controlled English standards. STE is a carefully limited and standardized subset of English that addresses difficulties in comprehension such as complex sentence structures, confusing word forms, and ambiguous vocabulary.
STE is defined by the specification ASD-STE100, which is maintained by the Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group (STEMG). The specification contains a set of restrictions on the grammar and style of procedural and descriptive text. It also contains a dictionary of approximately 875 approved general words. The specification also provides writers guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs to their documentation. While there are several existing products to assist in document proofing for ASD-STE, no clear leader has emerged. Additionally, none of them integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Office.
The student team will work with KPITes to implement a Grammar Proofing system based on specific identified rules.