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A group of seven computer science majors is developing a plan to guide ProJeCT for People, a nonprofit group serving the disadvantaged in Easton, in updating its technology and using that technology to promote literacy.

The students are collaborating through their Senior Project course, a one-semester class that serves as a capstone for the B.S. computer science major. The students work in a team on the analysis, design, and implementation of a large-scale software project.

Chun Wai Liew, assistant professor of computer science, is guiding this year’s seniors: Michael Bohr (Nanuet, N.Y.), who also is majoring in mathematics-economics; Konstantinos Bousmalis(Thessanoliki, Greece) and Rob McEwen (Morgantown, Pa.), who also are majoring in mathematics; Lucas Girdley (San Antonio, Texas); Matthew Hokanson (Biddeford, Maine); Stephen Kelley (Mansfield, Mass.); and Andrew Phillips (Middletown, Md.).

The challenges, says Liew, are serving a client that has limited funds to spend on technology and little experience with it.

“The problem is not so much a technological challenge as a human challenge,” he says.

A public presentation of the group’s findings will be scheduled for the second week of December.

Founded in 1968 as ProJeCT of Easton, ProJeCT for People administers language and literacy, emergency assistance, and children’s programs. ProJeCt also is the administrative agency for Northampton County Communities That Care, which serves local elementary and secondary students.

Last year, the Senior Project class developed a database that enables members of a YMCA swimming team to go on-line to find out how they fared in events and whether they qualified for major tournaments, and to track their progress over the season and compare their performance to past years.

Two years ago, the class completed a groundbreaking project to help social agencies analyze data and apply for grant applications. The students developed an online database to chart risk factors and their consequences on the community for Northampton County Communities That Care.

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