CSE 498, Collaborative Design, is the senior capstone course for students majoring in computer science. Teams of students design, develop, and deliver a significant software system for corporate clients.
The CSE capstone teams compete for four prestigious awards.
On Design Day, the winners are selected by a panel of judges including CSE corporate partners and CSE faculty.
Team 1: Auto-Owners Insurance
Tom Randall, Jonathan Lindsey, Ashleigh New, Michael Korynski
Presented by Scott Lake and Bob Buchanan of Auto-Owners Insurance
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 software systems and answer questions to Design Day attendees. Each team will play their project videos and answer questions for a panel of judges.
The CSE capstone team with the best overall Design Day performance will be honored with the Auto-Owners Exposition Award, which is sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance Company of Lansing, Michigan.
Team 7: TechSmith
Caitlin Nelson, Scott Lamparski, Derek Gebhard, Keith Barber (Not Pictured)
Presented by Paul Van Hese of Chrysler
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 will be recognized with the Chrysler Praxis Award, which is sponsored by Chrysler LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Team 4: Ford
Taylor Rice, Jeffrey Ignatius, Ryan Wagoner, Ronald Rodriguez
Presented by Kevin Ohl of Crowe Horwath
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 will be recognized with the Crowe Horwath Sigma Award, which is sponsored by Crowe Horwath LLP of Oak Brook, Illinois.
Team 8: Toro
Brett Lesnau, Jacob Denzer, Brian Walsh, Eric Jensen
Presented by Dean Craven of TechSmith
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 5 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.
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Crowe Horwath LLP
Oak Brook, Illinois