Parasoft Makes Major Software Donation to NCSU Department of Computer Science

10/18/2002 - Parasoft, a leading provider of Automated Error Prevention software, recently made a major software donation to the NCSU department of computer science valued at approximately $325,000.

Headquartered in Monrovia, CA, Parasoft has donated software licenses to the department allowing students and faculty use of their Jtest software, an automated unit testing tool designed to test Java classes. According to Dr. Laurie Williams, the leading-edge software is being targeted for use in the department's software engineering courses.

Parasoft views such donations as an investment in the future state of software quality and reliability. "Jtest is an excellent tool for students because it helps them learn good programming habits from the beginning," said Joe Valdez, Parasoft Senior Corporate Accounts Manager. "It gets the students used to following proper coding standards and performing thorough unit testing as they write each unit of code. The goal is for them to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to build solid error-free code that can easily be integrated into applications built by seasoned developers."

According to Ken Tate, NCSU's Director of ePartners, the Parasoft gift not only enhances the educational experience for students, it also demonstrates the tremendous impact of corporate and university partnerships. He adds, "We are extremely appreciative of Parasoft's generosity and their support of NC State University and the department of computer science. Strong and active partnerships between the university and members of the global business community are core to our mutual success. We are pleased to have Parasoft as a Corporate Friend in our ePartners Program and look forward to long and mutually beneficial partnership in the future."

About NCSU's Computer Science Department
North Carolina State University's Department of Computer Science was established in 1967, and is among the nation's largest, fastest growing and venerable computer science departments. The department's undergraduate enrollment has grown 64% since 1996, and now stands at approximately 1,030, while graduate enrollment has grown an incredible 156% in the same time period to 330 graduate students. Over 14,000 students take courses provided by the computer science department at NCSU annually. Twenty tenure-track computer science faculty have joined the department over the last eight years, possibly the largest influx of new tenure-track talent for any computer science department in the United States during this period. Eleven faculty members have received the prestigious National Science Foundation career development award for outstanding young faculty in the U.S.A. Faculty and staff now occupy space in eight different buildings spread across multiple campuses, but plans are being finalized which will consolidate the department in a new $41M facility on Centennial Campus in the 2005 timeframe. The department continues to strengthen its curriculum having recently completed a comprehensive curriculum update adding courses in artificial intelligence, human-computer interface design, data and computer communications networks, multimedia technologies, ecommerce technologies, XML, network security, gaming, and data warehousing.

About NCSU's ePartners Program
Launched in the Fall of 2000, the ePartners Program provides a formal and structured framework for fostering collaboration between the business community and NCSU's Department of Computer Science. The program provides its growing list of corporate partners an extensive portfolio of benefits including:

About Parasoft
Founded in 1987, Parasoft provides Automated Error Prevention tools that help companies improve their software development processes. The Parasoft family of Automated Error Prevention tools includes Jtest, Jcontract, CodeWizard, C++Test, Insure++, WebKing, and SOAPtest. These tools assist teams working on C/C++, Java, Web, and enterprise applications to significantly reduce costs by shortening development cycles, improving overall quality and reducing time-to-market. Parasoft is a privately funded company, which has been granted eight patents and numerous awards Parasoft is headquartered in Monrovia, CA. Telephone (888) 305-0041. Fax (626) 305-3036. Email to

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