CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2022
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

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

  • Deanna Adler

    Vice President, Global Business Services
    Kellogg’s
    Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Amadou Anne

    Senior Manager, Quality Assurance
    United Airlines
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Kelvin Connor

    Chief Architect
    Urban Science
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Tony Dean

    First Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    Auto-Owners Insurance
    Lansing, Michigan

  • E. J. Dyksen

    Software Development Manager
    Amazon
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Garret Gaw

    Vice President, Selling Partner Foundation
    Amazon
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Rick Grubb

    Chief Information Officer
    RPM
    Royal Oak, Michigan

  • Adam Haas

    Chief of Staff, Enterprise Technology
    Ford Motor Company
    Dearborn, Michigan

  • Toby Hall

    President and Chief Executive Office
    Roosevelt Innovations
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Steve Harper

    IT Director, Store Team Member Technologies
    Meijer
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Tony Lambert

    Chief Technical Officer
    TechSmith
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Ben Maxim

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

  • Rob McCurdy

    Head of Innovation
    PwC
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Jeff Meador

    Engineering Director, Emerging Technology
    Vectorform
    Troy, Michigan

  • Andrea Michaud

    Vice President of Engineering
    Reseda Group
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Betsy Sneller

    Assistant Professor of Linguistics
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Eric Tabor

    Vice President, IT Business Partner, Commercial
    Stryker
    Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Frank Weith

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