CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2011
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Design Day Awards

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

Throughout the morning, each capstone team gives a formal presentation to a panel of judges in the Lake Ontario Room, which is on the third floor in the Union. Visitors are welcome to attend. The schedule of presentations is given on the Design Day Schedule page.

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 for 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

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

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.

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

Design Day Panel of Judges

  • Mike Drazan

    Vice President, Contractor Business and CIO
    The Toro Company
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Rich Enbody

    Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Bob Feldmann

    Vice President/General Manager, Defense, Space & Security
    The Boeing Company
    Renton, Washington

  • Adam Haas

    Application Technology Manager
    Ford Motor Company
    Dearborn, Michigan

  • Louise Hemond-Wilson

    Executive Consultant
    Somers, New York

  • Keith Landau

    Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer
    Plano, Texas

  • Brian Loomis

    Global Architect
    Redmond, Washington

  • Kevin Ohl

    Academic Specialist, Computer Science and Engineering
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Marty Strickler

    Director of Information Systems
    Rose Packing Company
    Barrington, Illinois

  • Karen Wrobel

    Senior Manager
    Chrysler LLC
    Auburn Hills, Michigan