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From Steven Hathaway <>
Subject Fwd: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
Date Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:17:43 GMT

OSU Capstone Projects - Opportunity to introduce students to ASF 
projects and participate in development

I have participated in several Capstone projects at Oregon State 
University in Corvallis, Oregon USA.

It is a good start for college seniors to develop their software design, 
project management, and engineering business skills.  The Capstone 
project is available to open-source software projects, foundations, and 
commercial enterprises.  The project sponsor and mentor is the 
point-of-contact to mitigate any licensing and confidentiality agreement 
issues.  The mentor also evaluates the performance of the project and 
gives guidance to the team.

The projects can often benefit from a student group, but understand that 
these are undergraduate students in their Senior year at the 
university.  The students have other classes around which they need to 
schedule their time.   Be sure not to make the tasks overwhelming of 
student time and demands, but rigorous enough to be a challenge. A 
well-designed project will not only benefit the students, but can also 
benefit your Apache project.

It is also useful for the projects have a good presentation of 
accomplishments at the OSU Engineering Expo in May.

I live within commute distance from OSU and may be able to help with 
some of the campus details in person.

Steven J. Hathaway

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
Date: 	Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:10:16 -0700
From: 	D. Kevin McGrath <>

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
3 member team project.

When the students come to the first class on September 24, 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 proposals:

You have until September 24 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 5 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! The
more excited you sound in the description, the more excited they are likely to
be when doing it. Excitement is contagious!

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.

This year I'm asking you to explicitly distinguish the projects that are
research oriented vs. those that are more software engineering focused. If you
would like to propose a research project for the students, please indicate this
using the Additional Comments field.

Given the nature of a research oriented project, I find that better results are
had if the students are initially aware of the type of project. If you are
unsure, that is not a problem. I'm happy to work with you on the details of your
project -- just submit it, and then we can chat about any changes that might be

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

Thanks for your time -- I look forward to working with you!

						 -- Kevin McGrath

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