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By: Jonathan Engelsma On: November 6, 2013 In: Blog, Featured Comments: 0

Sam Serpoosh has been here in the USA for just over a year now, but he’s already leaving his mark in the software development industry.  As a CS graduate student here at GVSU, Sam’s enthusiasm for creating truly awesome software has been contagious within our mobile lab here at the university, and beyond.  Sam is a regular at agile software dev conferences, is involved in open source, and is passionate about software development.

This past summer, Sam was able to do an internship at Groupon, the fastest growing company in Web history!

In this talk we’ll see how a tech company which rapidly grew from a few employees to thousands of employees and millions of users, and kept its lean startup culture and fostered a highly collaborative internal software development organization.  We will discuss how Groupon manages to have weekly or bi-weekly development iterations, and how new ideas are tried with fast user feedback to guide evolution.  We will see how Groupon engineers care about their self-growth and are keen about improving their knowledge and skills continuously.  We will also discuss the different kinds of technologies, tools, and frameworks used by developers at Groupon.

All GVSU students, faculty, and staff interested in software development are encouraged to attend.

Where:   D-2-168 Mackinac Hall

When: 3pm, Friday, November 8, 2013

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Jonathan Engelsma leads the GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab. He is currently an Associate Professor in GVSU’s School of Computing. His research interests are in distributed and pervasive computing with a focus on mobile applications and services. Dr. Engelsma earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993. He has over two decades of industry experience, including 16 years in various research and development positions with Motorola.