CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2024
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Design Day Awards

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

The award winning teams and projects are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges who meet with the teams at their displays on the 3rd floor of the Engineering Building throughout the morning.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

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 present their projects to a panel of 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 best 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, 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

For the judges from the previous Design Day, see the Design Day Panel of Judges, Fall 2023.

The panel of judges for the spring of 2024 includes the following people.

  • Amadou Anne

    Manager, Performance and Analytics
    United Airlines
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Rick Brown

    Director, Technical Operations Training
    United Airlines
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Kelvin Conner

    Chief Architect
    Urban Science
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Scott Dulchavsky

    Chief In Surgery
    Henry Ford Health
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Bob Dyksen

    Director, Client Advisory Service
    Chicago, Illinois

  • E. J. Dyksen

    Software Development Manager
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Rick Grubb

    Chief Information Officer
    Royal Oak, Michigan

  • Toby Hall

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Roosevelt Innovations
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Thomas Hojnicki

    Computer Vision Developer
    Lockheed Martin Space
    LIttleton, Colorado

  • Jon Janetsky

    Information Security Manager
    American Express
    Phoenix, Arizona

  • Tony Lambert

    Chief Technical Officer
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Dan Lemont

    Executive Director, Strategy & Enterprise Technology
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Ben Maxim

    Chief Innovation Officer
    MSU Federal Credit Union
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Rob McCurdy

    Deputy Chief Technology Officer
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Bob Nuber

    Director of Platform Engineering (Retired)
    Foot Locker
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Spencer Ottarson

    Software Engineer
    Mountain View, California

  • Bill Rex

    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    WK Kellogg Co

  • Betsy Sneller

    Assistant Professor of Linguistics
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Eric Tabor

    Vice President, IT Business Partner, Commercial
    Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Derek Torrey

    Vice President, Enterprise Architecture
    Zeeland, Michigan

  • Frank Weith

    NAR Engineering Director, Connected and Mobility Services
    Volkswagen Group of America
    Auburn Hills, Michigan

  • Julie Wilkinson

    Senior Vice President, Information Technology
    Auto-Owners Insurance
    Lansing, Michigan

  • Kristen Williams

    Vice President, Customer and Digital Technology
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Brad Woodberg

    Senior Director of Product Management
    San Jose, California