CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2020
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Design Day Awards

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

Normally, the award winning teams and projects are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. However, due to the cancellation of Design Day activities, the award winning teams and projects this semester will be chosen by the professor and two teaching assistants.

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

Our thanks to the following distinguished group of people who agreed to served as Design Day judges.

  • Steve Akers

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Tony Dean

    Senior Vice President, IT Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Operational Services
    Auto-Owners Insurance
    Lansing, Michigan

  • Bob Dyksen

    Senior Consultant
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • E. J. Dyksen

    Emerging Technology Strategist
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Rich Enbody

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

  • Derek Gebhard

    Senior Manager, Software
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Ashlee Goovaerts

    Lead Technology Leadership Professional
    New York, New York

  • Maxime Goovaerts

    Software Engineer, Instagram Client Infrastructure
    New York, New York

  • Adam Haas

    Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer
    Ford Motor Company
    Gurgaon, India & Dearborn, Michigan

  • Wendy Hamilton

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Fred Killeen

    Chief Information Security Officer
    General Motors
    Warren, Michigan

  • Elizabeth Klee

    Chief Information Officer
    Urban Science
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Jeff Kurburski

    Chief Technology Officer
    Herman Miller
    Zeeland, Michigan

  • Ben Maxim

    Assistant Vice President of Digital Strategy & Innovation
    MSU Federal Credit Union
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Rob McCurdy

    Head of Innovation
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Marty Strickler

    Director of Information Technology
    OSI Group
    Aurora, Illinois

  • Karen Wrobel

    Senior Manager, Assembly and Stamping Operations
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    Auburn Hills, Michigan