CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2017
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 spring of 2017 includes the following people.

  • E. J. Dyksen

    Senior Manager, Innovation Platforms, IT
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Rich Enbody

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

  • Adam Haas

    Global Manager, IT Infrastructure Program Office
    Ford Motor Company
    Dearborn, Michigan

  • Wendy Hamilton

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    TechSmith
    Okemos, Michigan

  • Louise Hemond-Wilson

    Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer
    IBM
    Somers, New York

  • Fred Killeen

    Chief Technololgy Officer
    General Motors
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Elizabeth Klee

    Chief Information Officer
    Urban Science
    Detroit, Michigan

  • John Marx

    Senior Manager, Software Development
    Amazon
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Terry Ledbetter

    Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
    Meijer
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Rob McCurdy

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

  • David Mysona

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Blackstone Technology Group
    San Francisco, California

  • Marty Strickler

    Vice President of Information Technology
    Rose Packing Company
    Barrington, Illinois

  • J.J. Thompson

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Rook Security
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Dave Washburn

    Executive Director
    Michigan State University Foundation
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Mark Welscott

    Director, Information Systems
    Spectrum Health
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Karen Wrobel

    Senior Manager, Manufacturing and PDC Operations
    Chrysler LLC
    Auburn Hills, Michigan