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From "Mcgibbney, Lewis J (398J)" <>
Subject Re: [xdata-general] Re: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
Date Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:16:42 GMT
Thanks for shadowing this here Chris.
I am working on a proposal right now and would be thrilled for anyone else
to participate on this one.
If you have a medium term itch to scratch please let me know and we will
try to scratch it within the proposal we put forth to OSU.

Dr. Lewis John McGibbney B.Sc., PhD
Engineering Applications Software Engineer Level 2
Data Management Systems and Technology Group 398J
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109-8099
Mail Stop : 158-256C
Tel:  (+1) (818)-393-7402
Cell: (+1) (626)-487-3476
Fax:  (+1) (818)-393-1190


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On 8/15/14, 9:50 PM, "Mattmann, Chris A (3980)"
<> wrote:

>I think this is a great idea. I encourage my team at JPL, CC'ing some
>folks to think about ways to participate in this effort.
>Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
>Chief Architect
>Instrument Software and Science Data Systems Section (398)
>NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
>Office: 168-519, Mailstop: 168-527
>Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
>University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA
>-----Original Message-----
>From: "" <>
>Reply-To: "" <>
>Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:24 PM
>To: "" <>
>Subject: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
>>FYI:  I helped mentor an Apache sponsored OSU CS Capstone project
>>last school year.  It is a good opportunity for Apache committers
>>and members to sponsor a school project and assign one or more
>>mentors.  This is a good learning experience for both students and
>>I have visited the campus numerous times.  Most of the students are
>>very interested in anything that is open-source.
>>Oregon State University is the largest technical and engineering
>>university in the state located in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
>>Steven J. Hathaway
>>Apache Xalan
>>--- Original Message Below ---
>>From: []
>>Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 10:35 AM
>>To: Hathaway, Steven
>>Subject: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
>>Colleagues --
>>Have you always wanted a particular software tool developed for your use,
>>but have never had the time
>>to do it yourself?  Well then, read on. Have I got a deal for you!
>>My name is Kevin McGrath.  I am the instructor who runs the OSU Computer
>>Science Senior Capstone class.
>>The Capstone class is a 3-quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) "career
>>preparation" experience. The major
>>piece of this is doing a significant 2-4 member team project.
>>When the students come to the first class on September 29, I want to
>>present them with a list of
>>exciting, creative, and real-experience software engineering project
>>possibilities.  This is where you
>>come in. I am looking for you to use your needs and experience to propose
>>those project possibilities.
>>A web site has been setup to give you more information, and let you enter
>>and edit your project
>>You have until September 29 to get yours in.  That is the date the
>>students will see them, and will
>>start the selection process. In that process, I ask the students to "bid"
>>on their top 3 choices. I
>>ultimately make the final project assignments, but I try to take their
>>preferences into account.  I
>>find I get better results that way.
>>There will likely be more projects proposed than students teams to do
>>them. *So, really sell your
>>project.*  Definitely don't understate its cool-ness factor!
>>After projects have been selected, we will follow a client-contractor
>>model in which I "run" the software
>>contract company and you are one of our valued clients. The students
>>"report" to me, but you, as client,
>>work directly with them to design the requirements, set the timeline,
>>approve the progress.  You also get
>>to help assign grades.
>>Any project can be proposed from anybody.  I don't care where you are
>>from, just that your project
>>represents an excellent software engineering experience for the students.
>>Do remember, however, that these are seniors. They have taken the core
>>classes so far, but most have not
>>taken some of the electives that would really help in some projects, such
>>as graphics, AI, computer
>>vision, etc.  Keep that in mind when proposing.
>>If you have questions or want to discuss project possibilities, feel free
>>to contact me at:
>>                 D. Kevin McGrath
>>                 Instructor, Computer Science
>>                 Oregon State University
>>                 2109 Kelley Engineering Center
>>                 541-737-1420
>>Thanks for your time -- I look forward to working with you!
>>                                                 -- Kevin McGrath

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