adaQuest Founder Hiram Machado to Teach Master's Level Course on Localization at University of Washington

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Preparing the next generation of Localization Professionals, adaQuest President and Co-Founder Hiram Machado takes on an expanded role at the University of Washington as an instructor in the Human Centered Design & Engineering Department’s graduate program.

Hiram Machado, President and Co-Founder of adaQuest Inc., has been invited to join the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design & Engineering Department as an instructor, teaching an elective course on Globalization and Localization Management at the Master’s level.

This course, beginning in Winter Quarter of 2012, will be part of a Certificate Program for Global Technology & Communication Management. Graduate students elect to take this certification with the goal of mastering the management challenges in localization, and receive Master’s level credit.

Machado is no stranger to instructing University of Washington students, though this is the first time he will have the chance to work within a Master’s level course. Four years ago, in response to a shortage of qualified and experienced professionals in the localization industry, Machado approached the University of Washington with the idea of re-modeling their current certification in the UW Professional and Continuing Education Program to reflect the needs of the immediate market.

“We were having a challenge finding good, qualified and experienced professionals,” explains Machado, whose company, adaQuest, is an industry leader in localization project management. “I knew of a program that used to run at UW, so I went to them and suggested a revamp of that program. I worked with them to identify board members from companies such as Google, Microsoft, Adobe, adaQuest, etcetera, and through that board we redesigned the program.”

Based on his professional expertise and almost 20 years of experience within the localization and project management disciplines, Machado was selected by the board to be the instructor of the program. “We want this course to be relevant to the market now,” says Machado. To that end the board reviews the course on an annual basis, updating to meet the current demands of the local software giants that make up the board. After three years, the class rosters are full, and the course is being expanded online. Based on this success, the University of Washington is taking the next step and integrating Machado’s instruction into the graduate program.

“We are creating our own supply to meet our own demand,” declares Machado. “We have alumni now at Microsoft, Amazon, adaQuest, Big Fish Games and more. It is gratifying to see that what you taught can become the first step toward something greater. I find that rewarding.”

To learn more about this course in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design & Engineering Master’s Program, visit http://www.hcde.washington.edu/gtcm. For the UW Professional and Continuing Education Certificate in Localization Program, visit http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/localization-software/downtown-seattle-autumn-2011.

About adaQuest:
adaQuest, Inc. was founded by experienced program management professionals who recognized the need for a more efficient project management model. adaQuest specializes in a unified approach to Localization Services, Project Portfolio Management (including Enterprise Project Management), Professional Services and PMO Solutions. adaQuest is a Microsoft® Certified Partner in Enterprise Project Management Solutions and provides Localization Services expertise that enables organizations to focus on core competencies and get to market faster with lower risk and project costs. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, adaQuest has been assisting clients in meeting project and corporate objectives since 2001. For more information on adaQuest, visit http://www.adaquest.com.

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