Muncie, IN (PRWEB) August 28, 2007
Ontario Systems is pleased to announce the election of Steve Gerow, vice president, as chairman of the Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) industrial advisory board.
SERC is a partnership between 11 business and governmental organizations and nine universities to conduct applied and fundamental research on software technology problems. SERC started as an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center sponsored by the National Science Foundation with the goal of promoting transfer of technology from university research to industry.
Industry members request specific research projects and provide funding and results are shared among members. Faculty and students from member universities conduct the research, providing academic research and real-world experience opportunities.
In addition to Ontario Systems, other industry members include Motorola, Eli Lilly and Co., Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Army Research Lab and NASA. Academic participants include Ball State University, Penn State, Purdue University, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of West Virginia, University of West Florida, Portland State University and University of Limerick.
As industry advisory board chairman, Gerow will moderate SERC's semi-annual showcases, where researchers present findings to industry representatives and receive feedback. Researchers and industry representatives also propose new research projects at showcases.
"SERC's research has been highly beneficial to Ontario Systems as we have grown," Gerow said. "I am honored that I can contribute to the organization that has contributed so much to high-tech firms and computer science faculty and students."
"Steve has been an asset to SERC for many years," said Dr. Wayne Zage, SERC director and professor of computer science at Ball State. "We continue to be grateful for those who advocate for the center and support our mission and efforts."
About Ontario Systems, LLC:
Ontario Systems provides debt collection software to organizations that manage large volumes of accounts receivables. These include hospitals, collection agencies, collection attorneys and bankcard issuers. As the largest provider of receivables management products, including the Artiva, FACS and CT Vision systems, Ontario Systems is recognized throughout the industry as the leader in technology and customer service. With operations in Indiana and Ohio, it is a privately held company headquartered in Muncie, Ind. For more information, visit http://www.ontariosystems.com.
The mission of the Software Engineering Research Center is to conduct a program of applied and basic research on software technology problems of interest to its members. The goal of this research is to enable software technology gains within member organizations. Approximately 35 years ago, the National Science Foundation established a program to encourage cooperative research between academia and industry. SERC is one of more than 50 such centers established by NSF, and the only one devoted to software engineering. It was founded in 1986. For more information, visit http://www.serc.net. The program is known at NSF as the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center program.