March 7, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 4:17 pm

Fairfield U.'s code debugger a hit

A Fairfield University software-engineering professor has gotten a $7,500 grant to refine his diagnostic tool for ensuring bug-free software, a tool that Connecticut companies, including Sikorsky Aircraft, General Electric and Pitney Bowes, and NASA can't wait to get their hands on.

Fairfield Associate Prof. Wook-Sung Yoo and his engineering students got the grant from the Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium for their online software-review tool that has drawn lots of enthusiasm in the private and public sectors.

Yoo's creation -- the "Online Formal Technical Review Log Tool,'' or FTR for short -- identifies coding glitches in software, an area of quality engineering in need of new specialized tools, he says.

"This award is a great support for me to continue to build on my research in software engineering areas while providing opportunity for students at the school of engineering to be involved in research," said Yoo, who chairs the software engineering program.

The grant will pay for, among other things, stipends to undergraduate and graduate students who collaborate on the FTR research project over the summer.

But the real bonus, Yoo says, is that his students' FTR classroom work will be immediately transferrable to the marketplace upon graduation.

Meantime, Sikorsky and GE, both leading aerospace manufacturers; Pitney Bowes, whose specialty is information-management software and equipment; and the federal National Aeronautics and Space Administration, have cemented their support for the research, authorities say.

All have pledged to collaborate with Yoo and his students in their research in exchange for training the companies' and agency's software engineers in applying FTR protocols to their business models.

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