Appian and UT Dallas offer low-code course

UT Dallas emphasizes students who graduated from the trial run of the class received job offers upon graduating.
Written by Tiernan Ray, Senior Contributing Writer

Appian, which makes tools for low-code development, Thursday announced it will work with the University of Texas at Dallas to make a formal program in the 2021 to 2022 term for undergraduates to learn low-code programming, in order to get jobs with the function when they graduate.

The course on "Intelligent Automation" is a formalization of a course that had been offered on a trial basis this past spring, said Appian in its press release.

The course is lead by assistant professor Gaurav Shekhar of UT Dallas's Naveen Jindal School of Management. Students in the course will "learn to master skills including Process Orchestration, Process Modelling, Process Re-engineering, Robotic Process Automation, and Intelligent Document Processing," Appian stated.

Shekhar said the ten students in the inaugural class in the spring who graduated UT Dallas this year received job offers when they graduated, without disclosing what kind of job offers. Enrollment this semester has risen from 17 students to 50. 

Low-code is a form of code writing that replaces a bulk of actual programming code with simpler forms of declaration by the human, such as statements of intent, or visual assembly of functions.

The past spring's 16-week class, said Appian, "concluded with a seven-day hackathon, sponsored by KPMG":

Four teams of students were tasked with building low-code automation solutions for two scenarios: Asset Management and Student Onboarding. KPMG practice leads (Dan Fisher and Rey Villanueva) and technology professionals (Daryl Fink, Angad Chopra, Bill Nguyen, David Trang, and Anupama Garg) were directly involved in supporting the students, offering feedback and advice through dedicated office hours. The hackathon judges included a team from KPMG as well as Appian's Chief Customer Officer Pavel Zamudio-Ramirez, and Appian's Area Vice President of Customer Success Kimberly Buxton.

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