Software Engineer award for Abertay graduate

An Abertay University graduate has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2015

Peeter Parna won first prize for an outstanding project combining fluid dynamics, gaming and advanced programming.

The Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards, now in their 26th year, are given to the best undergraduate software projects, drawn from across all students studying computer science and software engineering in Scotland. Each university submits the best final year undergraduate software engineering project from amongst their students.

Peeter said: “Studying at Abertay has had a huge impact on my professional skillset. Thanks to the varied course material, I’ve been exposed to exciting topics in generic computing, software engineering as well as mathematics and physics. Abertay’s professional ties with the gaming industry have given me opportunities to work with cutting edge software and hardware normally not accessible to students.”

The awards are organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry and were presented at the ScotSoft2015 dinner in front of over 600 guests from across the industry.

‘Abertay’s professional ties with the gaming industry have given me opportunities to work with cutting edge software and hardware normally not accessible to students’

Peeter combined his fascination with fluid dynamics and his interest in gaming in his project. His research involved GPU programming and investigating methods for liquid simulation with real-time applications. Using complex mathematics and parallel processing Peeter concluded that physically based liquid simulation on GPUs is feasible for interactive applications, such as computer games, if and if only care is taken with the stability of the simulation methods.

Peeter is a graduate of Abertay University, now studying for his PhD at Abertay. He was born in Estonia and moved to Scotland for his Bachelor’s degree. He was struggling to decide what subject he should study at a higher level, torn between theoretical physics and information technology. He mentioned this to his close group of friends over the internet, with whom he spent hours playing online games.

One of them happened to be from Dundee and mentioned the game programming courses at Abertay University. He decided to fly over to check out the university and was so impressed he chose their Computer Games Technology course.

This project was considered to be exceptional by the judges, and Peeter received a cheque for £2500 from prize sponsor Sopra Steria, and the Young Software Engineer of the Year trophy given by ScotlandIS.