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Virginia Tech and Meridium Inc. receive NSF grant
February 22, 2008

Scott McCrickard, associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech and Todd Stevens, development team leader at Meridium Inc., the leader in asset performance management software and consulting solutions; recently received a National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer grant of $150,000.

The grant is for the first phase of a software research and development project called Integrating scenario-based usability engineering and agile software development practices.

This research project will identify key interactions, communication mechanisms, and design representations that can enable the successful integration of usability into agile processes. Stevens said Meridium’s goal is to deliver more usable, value-added software to customers, and the company hopes to foster a closer, more effective collaboration thus helping to reduce the need for excessive customer support calls and improve customer satisfaction and retention.

Jason Chong Lee, a Virginia Tech Ph.D. candidate who is working part time at Meridium, will help plan and coordinate this joint effort as a component of his dissertation work.

To better support the research project and to leverage Virginia Tech’s expertise in software development and risk management, Meridium has opened an office in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center, a growing research park for high-technology companies. The new Meridium office will host both Virginia Tech interns as well as full time Meridium employees engaged in a variety of software development projects.

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