Computer Science


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 MSU Union, Lake Ontario Room.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

The schedule of presentations is given on the Computer Science and Engineering Schedule page.

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 Spectrum Health

Log Monitoring Compliance

Wiliam D. Seeger, Wayne Stiles, Collin Lotus, Kathryn Bonnen

Presented by Jim Schumacher and Bob Buchanan of Auto-Owners Insurance

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Chrysler Praxis Award

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 2.32.33 PMOne 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.

The CSE capstone team that engineers the software system that is the most technically challenging is recognized with the Chrysler Praxis Award, which is sponsored by Chrysler LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Team Motorola Mobility

Synchronized Program Content Delivery

Paul J. Detkowski, Tareq Musieh, Timothy Belcher

Presented by Karen Wrobel of Chrysler

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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 GE Aviation

NextGen Aircraft Taxi Assistance

Johnathan Richter, Jacob Walker, Jason Cepela, Mitchell Thelen

Presented by Dean Craven of TechSmith

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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 Ford

Ford Qwikboard

William S. White Jr., Danh Tran, Jin Hou, Luke Davis

Presented by Greg Davidson and Matt Bejin  of Urban Science

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Design Day Panel of Judges

  • Mike Drazan – The Toro Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rich Enbody – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Bob Feldmann – The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington
  • Adam Haas – Ford Motor Company, Gurgon, India & Dearborn, Michigan
  • Louise Hemond-Wilson – IBM, Somers, New York
  • Keith Landau – GENBAND, Dallas, Texas
  • Brian Loomis – Microsoft, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Kevin Ohl – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Marty Strickler, Barrington, Illinois
  • Karen Wrobel – Chrysler, Auburn Hills, Michigan

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