Computer Science

Spring 2017 Awards

On Design Day, the computer science capstone teams compete for four prestigious awards.

Throughout the morning, each team presents their project to a panel of judges in Engineering Building, Room 3405.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

Auto-Owners Exposition Award

CSE 498 capstone teams present their projects on Design Day in a variety of ways. Teams create and set up an exhibit where they demonstrate their projects and answer questions from Design Day attendees, which include corporate clients, families, friends, faculty, and students, along with hundreds of local middle and high school students. In addition, as part of the award competition, teams give a formal presentation to a panel of corporate judges.

The CSE capstone team with the best overall Design Day performance is honored with the Auto-Owners Exposition Award, which is sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance of Lansing, Michigan.

Team TechSmith

Teacher’s Virtual Toolbelt

Left to right: Alex Crimin, Zeke Zandbergen, Yang He, Ryan Corniillie

Left to right: Alex Crimin, Zeke Zandbergen, Yang He, Ryan Corniillie

Presented by Scott Lake of Auto-Owners

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MSUFCU Praxis Award

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 9.28.29 AMOne of the hallmarks of CSE 498 capstone projects is that of praxis, the process of putting theoretical knowledge into practice. Teams apply a wide variety of information technologies to produce solutions to complex problems in areas such as business, engineering, computing, and science.

One of the hallmarks of CSE 498 capstone projects is that of praxis, the process of putting theoretical knowledge into practice. Teams apply a wide variety of information technologies to produce solutions to complex problems in areas such as business, engineering, computing, and science.

Team Union Pacific

Learning New Train Routes

Left to right: Matthew Schleusener, Kangile Mi, Nick Summers, Jon Wild

Left to right: Matthew Schleusener, Kangile Mi, Nick Summers, Jon Wild

Presented by Liam Petraska of MSU Federal Credit Union

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TechSmith Screencast Award

Each CSE 498 capstone team produces a video that describes and demonstrates their software product. Starting with a storyboard and a script, teams use Camtasia Studio to synthesize screen recordings, video, audio and other multimedia to produce their project videos.

And the TechSmith Screencast Award goes to…the CSE capstone team with the best project video. The award is sponsored by the creators of Camtasia Studio, TechSmith of Okemos, Michigan.

Team Amazon

ACRA Amazon Customer Review Analyzer

Left to right: Jie Wan, Jason Liu, Ian Whalen, Ankit Luthra, Tess Huelskamp

Left to right: Jie Wan, Jason Liu, Ian Whalen, Ankit Luthra, Tess Huelskamp

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Urban Science Sigma Award

The CSE 498 experience represents the capstone of the educational career of each computer science major. An intense semester of teamwork produces impressive deliverables that include a formal project plan, formal presentations, software, documentation, user manuals, a video, and Design Day participation. The resulting sum, the Capstone Experience, is much greater than the parts.

The capstone team that delivers the best overall capstone experience is recognized with the Urban Science Sigma Award, which is sponsored by Urban Science of Detroit, Michigan.

Team Michigan State University

CATAlyst: Mapping CATA Buses in Real Time

Left to right: Charlie Ward, Cathy Dinsmoor, Tom Beaver, Jimmy Mkude, James Dodge

Left to right: Charlie Ward, Cathy Dinsmoor, Tom Beaver, Jimmy Mkude, James Dodge

Presented by Elizabeth Klee and Luke Mercier of Urban Science

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Design Day Panel of Judges

  • Samantha Amburgey – MSU Federal Credit Union, East Lansing, Michigan
  • E.J. Dyksen – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Rich Enbody – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Adam Haas – Ford Motor Company, Gurgon, India & Dearborn, Michigan
  • Louise Hemond-Wilson – IBM, Somers, New York
  • Fred Killeen – General Motors, Detroit, Michigan
  • Elizabeth Klee – Urban Science, Detroit, Michigan
  • Terry Ledbetter – Meijer, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Rob McCurdy – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Pat McQueen – Salesforce.org, Detroit, Michigan
  • David Norris – TechSmith, Lansing, Michigan
  • Marty Strickler – Rose Packing Company, Chicago, Illinois
  • J.J. Thompson – Rook Security, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mark Welscott – Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Karen Wrobel – Fiat Chrysler, Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • Doug Zongker – Google, San Francisco, California

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