CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2018
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 team presents their project to a panel of judges in the Engineering Building on the 3rd floor in Room 3405 .

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 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

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 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

The panel of judges for the fall of 2018 includes the following people as well as “players to be named later.”

  • Bob Dyksen

    Senior Consultant
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • E. J. Dyksen

    Assistant Director, Innovation Platforms, MSU IT
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Rich Enbody

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

  • Dave Giordano

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Technology Services Group
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Adam Haas

    Manager, IT Manufacturing
    Ford Motor Company
    Dearborn, Michigan

  • Elizabeth Klee

    Chief Information Officer
    Urban Science
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Terry Ledbetter

    Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • John Marx

    Senior Manager, Software Development
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Ben Maxim

    Associate Vice President, Programming & Development
    MSU Federal Credit Union
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Rob McCurdy

    Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • David Norris

    Chief Technical Officer
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Matt Olmsted

    Associate Director, Enterprise Architecture
    Midland, Michigan

  • Mike Ply

    Director, Digial Development
    Spectrum Health
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Laura Vetter

    Co-Founder and Chief Technologist
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Justin Walker

    Surge Solutions
    Rochester Hills, Michigan

  • Frank Weith

    Director, Connected & Mobility Systems
    Volkswagen Group of America
    Auburn Hills, Michigan

  • Laura Williams

    Senior Manager, IT Project Management Office
    Herman Miller
    Zeeland, Michigan