Purdue Calumet to honor brothers, former students for advancing global technology

2013-03-04T14:25:00Z Purdue Calumet to honor brothers, former students for advancing global technologyKaren Holland | Secretary at the Office of University Relations at Purdue University Calumet nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Two Hammond natives, brothers and former Purdue University Calumet students-turned-successful business owners will be honored by their alma mater Monday for helping students learn to advance through the global technology economy.

Paul and Gary Duncanson of the Allen, Tex.-based software company No Magic, Inc. will be back home to be recognized for their business achievements and donation to the university of more than $150,000 of cutting edge software and support for use by students and faculty of the Dept. of Computer Information Technology and Graphics.

During the Duncansons’ campus visit the Duncanson/No Magic Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Computer Information Technology and Graphics Laboratory will be dedicated at 2 p.m. in Purdue Calumet’s Computer Education Building.

Paul Duncanson, a 1974 Purdue Calumet alumnus, is founder of No Magic, Inc. His brother, Gary, who graduated from Purdue’s West Lafayette campus after attending Purdue Calumet, is the company’s president and CEO.

“This is a great honor for the entire Duncanson family, and rest assured we will continue to be active and involved with the university and lab in the future,” Paul Duncanson said. “It’s important that our students be ready for the global economy, and technology is leading the way in that preparation.”

No Magic also plans to partner with Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning program to engage student interns in corporate projects.

Following the lab dedication, the Duncansons will demonstrate No Magic’s Cameo suite of software, which includes the award-winning MagicDraw modeling simulation. No Magic’s software technology is respected worldwide within the I.T. industry and is used by major corporations and governmental organizations for advance modeling, simulation and analysis solutions.

“The generous donation of this software and funding support provided by the Duncansons and No Magic brings leading edge development solutions to our students,” professor and head of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics Charles Winer said. “We are extremely proud and appreciative of this gesture and the opportunity it provides to teach our students a way to be more productive in how they design, develop and implement systems using the Model-Based Systems engineering approach of No Magic.”

As solutions for developing problem-solving models, the software will be integrated into the newly-dedicated laboratory used by computer information technology and computer graphics technology students.

“We are humbled because we grew up here, and so many friends and family are still here,” Gary Duncanson said. “We know the future of our great country rests with students and future engineers. Every day, our company works with engineers—at Fortune 500 companies, at the Pentagon, at NASA and elsewhere. We look forward to fellow, future Purdue alumni working with us on big, important projects.”

As interns with No Magic, Purdue Calumet students will be able to expand and apply their knowledge of Cameo and MagicDraw.

“Students who have the knowledge of developing systems using the Cameo and MagicDraw tools will better position themselves to find employment locally, as they will be more productive in implementing business and software engineering solutions,” Winer said. “These No Magic development solutions will prepare our students for employment in this rapidly growing method of system development.”

More than 275 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in Purdue Calumet’s computer information technology and computer graphics technology programs.

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