Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

March 1, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering has announced plans to offer eight short courses for professionals working in the areas of computer science and engineering.

The courses will be offered between April and June and will be either one or two days. Topics range from "Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML" to "Intellectual Property and Information Technology." The courses will be held at the SMU School of Engineering's facility at 1500 International Pkwy. in Richardson.

"These short courses are timely, considering the slump in the telecom and Internet sectors of the economy. Employees must remain competitive in the workplace and professional development opportunities are beneficial to both employers and employees," said J. Kim McNutt, director of distance education for the SMU School of Engineering.

The complete schedule of classes is as follows:

April 1-2, 2002
High Assurance Systems

April 3, 2002
The XML Revolution

April 5, 2002
Software Scheduling and Cycle Time Management

April 5 and 19, 2002
Intellectual Property and Information Technology

May 1, 2002
Web Services -- Wave of the Future?

May 8-9, 2002
Data Mining: Uncovering, Understanding and Utilizing Information Nuggets

June 4, 2002
Software Development for DSP Systems

June 4-5, 2002
Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML

All the courses will be taught by faculty members in SMU's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Prices vary depending on course length. Participants may receive either Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

"These computer science and engineering short courses will provide training to a wide range of audiences in the different technology fields," said Hesham El-Rewini, chair of SMU's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. "Our qualified faculty members will provide attendees with cutting-edge knowledge and skills to help them advance in a rapidly changing world."

For more information on the courses or to register call 214-768-1175, or send a message to Detailed information on the courses also is available on the Web at