May 22, 2006

Going Beyond the Books: Seagate and Kasetsart University to Hold Week-Long Camp for Future Software Engineers

BANGKOK, Thailand - Classroom study and textbooks can only take students so far. In today's fast-paced, fast-changing technology world, students need the kind of "real-world" experience and training that can round out their educations and prepare them for meeting the unexpected challenges that professional engineers face each day on the job. Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's leading hard drive manufacturer, is partnering with Kasetsart University's Faculty of Engineering to launch the second Xceed Camp, a week-long, interactive and intensive event for students interested in becoming computer-software engineers.

Xceed Camp, short for "Extensively Collaborative Environment for Software Development," will be held from May 20-26 at the National Agricultural Support and Training Center in Nakorn Pathom province. The camp's objective is to provide a team-based learning environment in which first-year computer-engineering students can significantly enhance their computer - programming skills by actively applying the knowledge they've acquired in their classrooms.

"Now that more automated equipment is needed for manufacturing, engineers have to be knowledgeable not only in electrical and mechanical engineering but also in computer engineering and programming," said Brent Bargmann, vice president of Seagate's Thailand operations. "As we look toward the future, we can see the need to increase the pool of available talent in the computer-programming field. Seagate sponsors this camp because we see it as a wonderful opportunity to nurture and motivate students who are interested in this field and who may one day be Seagate employees."

Associate Professor Yuen Poovarawan, vice president for information technology at Kasetsart University, said, "Seagate has been a strong supporter of this camp, now in its second year. The students need to not only study in class and read from textbooks, but they also require hands-on software experience. Xceed Camp will provide that experience and more."

The camp will provide a team-based environment for 150 freshmen to implement what they've learned in the classroom. With support from senior students and coaches, students will undertake several computer-programming assignments, ranging from the simple to the highly complex. Assignments will include designing, developing and modifying large software systems; function-oriented and object-oriented modular design techniques; designing for re-use and maintainability; specification and documentation; verification and validation; and project-team organization and management.

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