Our Team

We employ different sets of students each summer, using a standard application process requiring cover letters and interviews with our academic team leads. Students are selected based on both technical and communication skills.

Each team is assigned an academic lead to guide them through value-based planning and agile practices, but the teams are encouraged to evaluate their own working methods to determine the most efficient methods for their project.

Academic Leads

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Dr Suzanne M. Embury

Suzanne is a Reader in Software Engineering, in the Department of Computer Science. After a spell as a junior COBOL programmer, she transitioned to academia, working on a variety of practical and challenging problems in data and software quality. She has championed the inclusion of modern software engineering practices in Manchester’s undergraduate curriculum, and has devised several coaching games for agile techniques. She is the co-creator of Data Journey Modelling and of the Git Workflows Warehouse.

Dr Gareth Henshall

Dr Stewart Blakeway


Spring 2020/2021

Cohere Team

Technical Lead: Karl Tye (Wakelet)

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Nadine Abdelhalim

Mohammed Anees Fakhruddin

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Samuel Hirst

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Shahed Abu Qamar

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Leo Elmecker-Plakolm

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Jiaao Yu

Local Contact Tracing Team

Technical lead: Vlad Geana (Imago Student Intern)

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Zain Alden Jaffal

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Alexandru Constantin

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Abhijay Sahay

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Ingy Abdelhalim

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Gabrielle Mannifield

Great Science Share Team

Academic lead: Suzanne Embury

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Andrei Aleksanian

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Domas Grigaliunas

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Sam Platt

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James Bungay

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Reean Khan

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Mihai-Catalin Tenea

Smooth Sailing App Team

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Albert Viilik

Deployment Engineer


2019/2020

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Project

Academic Lead: Suzanne M. Embury

Karam Agha

Team Leader & Quality Assurance Lead

Amish Shah

Technical Architect

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Jang Belche

Business Analyst

Miranda Watkins

User Experience Architect

Inflatable Museum/Great Science Share Team

Academic Lead: Stewart Blakeway

Andrei Aleksanian

Business Analyst

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Natalia Gutanu

Technical Architect

Phoebe Evason

User Experience Architect

Cosmin Serdean

Quality Assurance Lead

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Academic Lead: Gareth Henshall

Leo Elmecker

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Albert Viilik


2018/2019

Smooth Sailing Suite/Inflatable Museum

Academic Leads: Suzanne M. Embury & Gareth Henshall

Karam Agha

Dania Suheimat

Mihail-Emanuel Ghinea

Mihail-Emanuel Ghinea

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Albert Viilik