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

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 GE Aviation

Flight Deck Lateral Map Display

Jason Ridgon, Jordan Clare, Cory Sites, Adam Dupler

Presented by Ron Simon of Auto-Owners

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Chrysler Praxis Award

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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 Boeing

XML Texture Composition

Jeremiah Cunningham, Jessica Parks, Marc Coleman, Jonathan Harris

Presented by Rick Rose 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 Medtronic

Mobile Health Management System

Michael Keesev, Kevin Chen, Karthik Chokkaram, Meghan McNeil

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 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 Motorola

Mobile User Generated Video Service

Kurt Seippcl, Robert Gaul, Jonathan Szynkowski, Brandon Malicoat

Presented by Randy Berlin and Mark Colosimo of Urban Science

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Design Day Panel of Judges

  • David Asiala – Dow Chemical, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Rich Enbody – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Adam Haas – Ford Motor Company, Gurgon, India & Dearborn, Michigan
  • Vandy Johnson – Medtronic, Inc., Shoreview, Minnesota
  • Michael Drazan – The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Naim Falandino – Covisint, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Louise Hemond-Wilson – IBM, Somers, New York
  • Kevin Ohl – Business & Technology Consultant, Detroit, Michigan
  • Marty Strickler, Barrington, Illinois
  • Karen Wrobel – Chrysler, Auburn Hills, Michigan

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