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Release Date Monday, June 5, 2017

Student Software Developers Win Butterfield Cup

The Butterfield Cup winners, from left to right: junior computer science major Jessi Thompson from West Richland, Wash.; junior computer science major Katie MacMillan from Pocomoke City, Md.; senior computer science major Savoy Schuler from Rapid City, S.D.; and junior computer science major Andrew Stetler from Mankato, Minn.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students have won the annual Butterfield Cup for software that checks the qualifications needed for a student to enroll in a class. The software automates the time-intensive, manual process faculty normally face when ensuring their incoming students have satisfied prerequisites. The software also auto-calculates the average grade in those prerequisites so faculty can tailor instruction to the students’ knowledge level.

As of now, faculty must manually go through class lists to make sure each student has satisfied the prerequisites for the class in which they’ve enrolled. Faculty must check multiple times a semester because student lists can change all the way through the first week of class. The software, titled RAPID (Requirements and Prerequisites Information Display), streamlines and automates the process, saving time and reducing the chance for human error.

Over the summer, the data generated by RAPID will be tested against the Registrar’s data to ensure an exact match, with the aim to roll out the student-generated software for department-wide use in the fall. Moving forward, a senior design team will expand the software’s capabilities to include a graduation checklist and advising tool, while opening up the software for student use, as well.

A class of 35 students worked to develop RAPID, divided into seven teams: DevOps, Deployment & Delivery, User Experience, User Interface, Business Logic, Quality Assurance and Communications. Each team presented to the entire class and Mines Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, receiving feedback from both. After the final presentations, the class voted for the students who showed superior leadership, initiative and excellence in software engineering to win the Butterfield Cup.

This year’s winners are:

  • Junior computer science major Katie MacMillan from Rapid City and Pocomoke City, Md.
  • Senior computer science major Savoy Schuler from Rapid City, S.D.
  • Junior computer science major Andrew Stetler from Mankato, Minn.
  • Junior computer science major Jessi Thompson from West Richland, Wash.

The Butterfield Cup is an annual competition created three years ago by local entrepreneurs to recognize the best mobile app or software produced by a team of students in a semester. Previous winners have gone on to become finalists in the Governor’s Giant Vision Competition for a mobile app that allows users to track friends at events while providing businesses with a platform to showcase their venue.

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