Exago has been networking with regional colleges since its founding in 2006 but has redoubled its efforts to strengthen those ties in recent years. Partnering with universities in the tri-state area is part of Exago’s ongoing effort to foster local talent and inform college curricula. Read on to learn what we’re up to!
Exago is a proud partner of Fairfield University’s StartUp Showcase, where teams of student entrepreneurs “make their business pitches to a panel of investors to compete for seed money in front of a live audience.” Our very own Mark Selinger, VP Customer Success & Strategy, is an alum of Fairfield’s economics program.
Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY has supplied Exago with a number of successful hires, including two Applied Mathematics majors. Exago VP Technology and Business Development Scott Epter, along with Product Manager Natalie Nick and Sales Engineer Emma Williams, has held talks on the Marist campus repeatedly over the years, offering insight into alternate career paths for math students interested in software and business intelligence.
This past Spring, Exago cofounder and CEO Mike Brody joined friend and former colleague Les Trachman in addressing Quinnipiac’s student entrepreneurs on the subject of the founder-successor relationship. “I had a great time,” says Mike. “The students were so engaged, and I think they got a lot out of it.”
Also this Spring, VP Customer Success & Strategy Mark Selinger acted as a community evaluator of some of the computer science’s department’s senior projects. While the professors retained final authority over student grades, Mark was able to offer his perspective on the projects as a professional in a relevant field.
Exago has partnered with RPI’s Center For Open Source (RCOS) on a natural language processing engine designed to facilitate business intelligence reporting queries. In April, three student engineers working on the project visited Exago’s Kingston location to showcase their prototype and get constructive feedback from Exago’s developers, a few of whom graduated from RPI themselves.
“It’s really important for us to build relationships with nearby colleges so we can be on-the-ball when it comes time to hire engineers,” says Exago Software Development Manager Peter Fernandes, also an RPI alum. “The project that Gabriel, Subin, and JD from RPI presented was really exciting to see. Voice and aural interaction, combined with touch and visual human-computer interfaces is the future!”
Product Support Manager Aliyah Gruberg-Revty helped evaluate senior computer science projects at SUNY New Paltz this past Spring, establishing a relationship with the department and its students. “There were a number of really impressive projects,” Aliyah recounts. “One that stood out to me as being particularly useful was an application that would show you the physical location of a book in the college library based on its call number, down to the shelf.”
Following that visit, Exago cofounder and CTO Stewart Meyers and recruiter Jeff Kalpakis met with Dean of Science & Engineering Dan Freedman, Computer Science Chair Chirakkal Easwaran, and Associate Professor Hanh Pham to discuss talent acquisition and curriculum development. The New Paltz faculty sought to better understand what software companies seek out in job candidates and asked whether Exago might be able to supply a few real-world development problems for students to work on in their courses.