The Society of Software Engineers (SSE) is a student organization at RIT composed of software engineers, computer scientists, and other students. We have over fifty active members that participate in mentoring, software projects, intramural sports, and social events. The SSE has strong relationships with companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, Northrup Grumman, Goodrich, IBM, and Oracle. We work closely with companies in the software industry to provide our members with potential career opportunities.
Our lab (GOL-1670) is open for mentoring on weekdays from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and any student, can come and ask questions for any class in the Software Engineering curriculum. The Mentoring Committee offers 1-on-1 tutoring and holds practice exams for popular computer science and software engineering classes.
The SSE also hosts many fun events throughout the year. Our biggest event is the SSE Winter Ball where we decorate the GCCIS atrium and open up the event to all RIT students - it’s a smash hit! We also go out camping and barbecuing, we watch movies together, we go on trips around Rochester, and many other exciting activities. In addition, the SSE has many intramural sports teams that play throughout the academic year.
We also host the very popular Voices in Software Engineering (ViSE) speaker series. We’ve previously brought in speakers like Bjarne Stoustrup (the original author of the C++ programming language) and Alan Atlas (a certified Scrum trainer).
The projects committee is a recent addition to the society, but it is by no means the smallest. In the projects committee, SSE members come together and work on software engineering projects for fun and research. Our current and past projects include a singing tesla coil, a web-controllable slideshow for our TV displays, and a large multitouch wall. In addition, the first weekend of winter and spring quarters, many SSE members come together for Rapid Development Weekend where a medium-sized software project is executed from requirements to testing and release all in one weekend. Previous Rapid Development projects include a capture the flag computer game, an anonymous file transfer system, and an adventure game resembling Pokémon.
Although we may be biased, the members of the SSE are friendly and enjoy meeting new people. So by all means please stop by the lab sometime! We’d love to get to know you!
Some of the most common ways of getting involved include doing some of the following: