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Brothers donate cutting-edge software packages to PUC

Updated: April 2, 2013 6:19AM



Monday, March 4 will be a homecoming at Purdue University Calumet for two brothers who are Hammond natives and former students. It also will be
a special day for the university.

The brothers — Paul Duncanson, a 1974 PUC engineering alumnus, and Gary Duncanson, who went on to earn his degree at West Lafayette — now live in Texas. Paul is founder of the successful Dallas-based software company, No Magic Inc. Gary is president and CEO.

The Duncansons will be back on campus to donate two cutting-edge information technology software packages and related support valued at $160,000 to the PUC Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics.

The software packages, Cameo and Magic Draw, were developed by the Duncansons’ company and are respected worldwide within the IT industry for advancing modeling-related solutions via Unified Modeling Language.

Charles Winer, professor and head of the Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics, visited the Duncansons at their corporate headquarters during the summer of 2011. The rest, as they say, is history.

“The generous donation of this software and funding support provided by the Duncansons and No Magic brings leading-edge development tools to our students,” Winer said. “We are extremely proud and appreciative of this gesture and the opportunity it provides to teach our students a way to be more productive in how they design, develop and implement systems using the model-based systems engineering approach of No Magic.”

As tools for developing problem-solving models, the software will be integrated into the laboratory used by computer information technology and computer graphics technology students. That lab, in the PUC computer education building, will be dedicated and named the Duncanson/No Magic Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Computer Information Technology and Graphics Laboratory during a campus event Monday afternoon.

Students will further benefit through an experiential learning partnership with No Magic in which they will expand and apply their knowledge of the software as company interns.

“Students who have the know-ledge of developing systems using the Magic Draw and Cameo tools will better position themselves to find employment locally as they will be more productive in implementing business and software engineering solutions,” Winer said. “These No Magic development tools will prepare our students for employment in this rapidly growing method of system development.”

Chancellor honored: PUC Chancellor Thomas L. Keon recently was honored by the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration in conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration.

Keon is among 50 individuals and organizations credited with having shaped and advanced the college over its five-decade existence. More specifically, he was recognized for his contributions to scholarship and research.

Summer Programs Exhibition: The e xhibition, postponed earlier this week due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, March 15.

Sponsored by the Office of Educational Talent Search, the program is intended to focus on summer educational opportunities for middle and high school students. Students and parents are invited to attend.

To register or for more information, contact Educational Talent Search Outreach Counselor Mary Haynie at 989-2460 or visit webs.purduecal.edu/talent.



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