Blue Medora Launches QA:U Program

by bluemedora_editor on September 16, 2015

Blue Medora is excited to announce the launch of our new QA:U program. The QA:U program will provide a unique opportunity for college students studying computer science and related technology fields to learn about enterprise management software as members of our quality assurance team. Team members will work approximately ten hours per week from their respective college campuses testing various Blue Medora products.

For the first year of the program, QA:U teams will be located at Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan. Each QA:U team of four will have an experienced team leader who has spent a summer internship on the quality assurance team at Blue Medora.

“The goal of the program is to give quality work experience to college students that are currently pursuing or are considering a degree in the technology field,” says Kirk Senkowski, Blue Medora’s COO. “While the initial program will have teams at just two universities, plans for the future include building a program that continues at the pilot schools and extending it to additional colleges in Michigan and beyond.”

Blue Medora would like to congratulate the members of our inaugural QA:U program. We look forward to working with each team member this year and to seeing their impact on the continued quality of Blue Medora products.

Meet the Team:


Grand Valley State University


Austin-Senkowski-squareAustin Senkowski linkedin

Austin is in his sophomore year, studying mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. He is interested in pursuing a job in robotic engineering after he graduates. Austin is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College and of the GVSU Swing Dance Club. He will be the team lead at GVSU this year. He spent this past summer, as well as the summer of 2014, as a quality assurance intern at Blue Medora.


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Allen Sietsema linkedin

Allen is a sophomore studying computer engineering with a minor in computer science. After he graduates, Allen is interested in working for a company to develop software or robotics; he is particularly interested in projects involving the combination of hardware and software. Allen is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College.


Ella-Konst-squareElla Konst linkedin

Ella is a sophomore studying computer science minoring in mathematics and theatre. After Ella graduates from GVSU, she would like to be a software engineer. She is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, as well as the Women in Computing Club.


Katie Cook linkedinKatie-Cook-square

Katie is in her sophomore year studying computer science. She is interested in software and application development after graduation. She is a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Women in Computing Club, GVSU Swing Dance Club, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.


University of Michigan


Camden-Cheek-squareCamden Cheek linkedin

Camden is a sophomore studying cell and molecular biology with a minor in computer science. As part of a five year master’s program, he intends to graduate in 2019 with a degree in biomedical engineering. After graduation, Camden would like to pursue a career in biotechnology research. He is a member of the LSA Honors College and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. Camden will be the team lead at Michigan this year. He spent this past summer as a quality assurance intern at Blue Medora.


Dhara-Patel-squareDhara Patel linkedin

Dhara is a sophomore studying computer science with a minor in chemistry. After graduation, she is interested in becoming a software engineer, travelling internationally, and writing a science fiction novel. Dhara is a member of Michigan Hackers and CTF Security Club.


Ryan-Gilbert-squareRyan Gilbert

Ryan is a sophomore studying computer science. After he graduates from UofM, Ryan is interested in working for a tech company, particularly in developing virtual reality software. He is a member of the student organizations Backyard Brains and League of Legends.


Tom-Sandell-squareTom Sandell linkedin

Tom is a sophomore double majoring in computer science and physics. After graduation, Tom would like to work in a field that combines physics and computer science, such as modeling physical situations, or trying to create a quantum computer. Tom is a member of the LSA Honors College, Michigan Hackers, Big Ticket Productions, and an active participant in intramural sports.


Photo Credit: Olivia Mundwiler

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