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 Engineering Building, Room 3405.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

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

Auto-Owners Exposition Award

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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.


Smart Start Savers

Left to Right: Allen Koppman, Mairin Chesney, Adam Proschek, Phil Getzen

Presented by Bob Buchanan, and Scott Lake

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General Motors Praxis Award

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.

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 IBM 

Information Technology Assessment

Left to Right: Connor Gilbert, Adam Koshorek, Eunbong Yang, Alex Hanlon

Presented by Fred Killeen and Christian Stier

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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 Urban Science

Dealership Consultant Mobile App

Left to Right: Matt Ao, Zach Kuzmanic, Ryan Tempas, Eric Zipple

Presented by Dean Craven

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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 technical specification, software, documentation, user manuals, a video, a team web site, 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 Spectrum Health

Talent Connections Careers Mobile Site

Left to Right: Hayden Boroski, Max Sweet, Nate Langolf, Chris Cheaney

Presented by Mike DeRiso and Matt Bejin

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Design Day Panel of Judges

  • April Clobes – MSU Federal Credit Union, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Greg Davidson – Urban Science, Detroit, Michigan
  • Mike Drazan – The Toro Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rich Enbody – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Louise Hemond-Wilson – IBM, Somers, New York
  • Vandy Johnson- XRS Corporation, Prairie, Minnesota
  • David Mysona – Blackstone Technology Group, San Francisco, California
  • Kevin Ohl – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Marty Strickler-Rose Packing Company, Barrington, Illinois
  • Karen Wrobel – Chrysler, Auburn Hills, Michigan

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