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OSU App Center provides launch point for students – Oklahoma State University


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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In a quiet corner of the Henry Bellmon Research Center on Oklahoma State University’s
main campus resides the App Center. 

It is a place where OSU students learn mobile app design and development in real-world
scenarios. It also offers students the opportunity to jump headfirst into their careers.

Jai Hari Rajendran, manager of the OSU App Center and Technology and Business Development
at OSU, has led the app center since 2013.

“We provide the opportunity for students to get trained on all aspects of mobile app
design and development,” he said. 

More than one student forged ahead, not only finding a job in app design and development
but landing a dream job.
Sarah Fabian graduated in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
and a minor in Studio Art. She now works for Git Wit, a digital creative agency in
Tulsa — a coveted position, even for an experienced app developer.

Fabian, one of only three OSU graduates who Git Wit has hired directly out of school, 
is an example of the kind of opportunity the OSU App Center provides students. 

“Our students work in an environment that mimics the industry setting where they are
assigned on app projects with clients and deliverables,” Rajendran said. “They learn
by doing the work and from feedback from clients. The final product is published and
used by thousands.” 

Git Wit provides services for brands and ideas, “doing everything it requires to concept
and launch new digital products,” said Jacob Johnson, Git Wit principal and strategist.

“We’ve now hired three people from the OSU App Center. It’s the only place we’ve ever
hired designers fresh out of school,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to have people who
can just jump in and go.”

Rajendran credits the program’s success to its hands-on, practical approach. 

Preparation is key and an integral part of the hands-on curriculum through the OSU
App Center.

“Git Wit is throwing these designers into complex problems and issues for everything
from the government level and startup level all the way up to the Fortune 100 level,”
Rajendran said.

Johnson adds, “… And we’re getting them right out of college and getting them up
to speed in a matter of a few months, while teaching them the ropes of our way.”

Fabian said her experience with the OSU App Center prepared for anything and everything
in the professional world. One of the most unique experiences of her time at OSU even
came from the App Center. 

“I had minimal context on Ui/Ux design and its entailed,” …….