Purdue-Calumet Dedicates New Lab; Brothers Donate Cutting-Edge Software
Hammond, Ind. – Paul and Gary Duncanson know their way around Hammond pretty well. Their Dad, Paul, was a well-known businessman who also served on the city council for 24 years. The Duncanson family owned a number of well-known businesses around town including: Paul's Drive-In, White Hen Pantry, AAA-1 Air Conditioning, Mary Duncanson's Import & Apparel and Back-Door Electronics. Paul and Gary worked in the family businesses as kids before attending college at Purdue-Calumet and Purdue West Lafayette.
Now, the Duncansons have received the ultimate honor as hometown heroes: March 4th, Purdue-Calumet dedicated the Duncanson/No Magic Modeling, Simulation, Analysis Computer Information Technology and Graphics Laboratory.
In addition, Allen, Texas based No Magic donated cutting-edge software to students majoring in computer science, information technology and engineering.
Not bad for a feisty pair known around the Purdue campus as the "brothers D" as coined by one of their professors, Dr. Dan Hendricks.
"We are humbled because we grew up here, and so many friends and family are still here," President and CEO Gary Duncanson said. "We know the future of our great country rests with our 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."
"The generous donation of this software and funding support provided by the Duncansons and No Magic brings leading edge development solutions to our students," said Professor Charles Winer, of Purdue Calumet's Department of Computer Information Technology Center. "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."
Following the lab dedication, Gary Duncanson demonstrated No Magic's Cameo Suite of software, which includes the award-winning MagicDraw modeling solution. No Magic's software technology is respected worldwide within the I.T. industry and used by major corporations and government organizations for advance modeling, simulation and analysis solutions.
"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 plans to bring Purdue Calumet interns to its global headquarters in Texas to further their instruction in the company's Cameo Suite and gain "real world" experience. More than 275 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in Purdue Calumet's computer information technology and computer graphics technology programs.
"Students who gain the knowledge of developing systems using the Cameo and MagicDraw solutions will better position themselves to find employment locally as they will be more productive in implementing business and software engineering solutions," Professor Winer added. "These No Magic development solutions will prepare our students for employment in this rapidly growing method of system development."
Paul Duncanson is a 1974 alumnus of Purdue Calumet and founder of No Magic. Brother, Gary Duncanson, graduated from Purdue's West Lafayette campus in 1985 after attending Purdue Calumet.