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Subject Re: Fwd: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
Date Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:33:59 GMT
Jan,  see bellow

> Hi.
> I have just received this request, do we want to participate ?
> I have tried it before with mixed results, but they could e.g. design our
> new editor UI, or finalize some of the filters.
> rgds
> jan i.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: D. Kevin McGrath <>
> Date: 22 July 2015 at 18:10
> Subject: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
> To:
> 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
> necessary.
> 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

I am willing to be a co-mentor on campus if you and your team propose a
successful project.

When the previous professor vacated his position as OSU Capstone
coordinator, the quality management tools left with him.

This last year, there were two Capstone projects that improve the
capability of the new OSU Capstone coordinator to oversee the projects. 
These projects were showcased at the OSU Engineering Expo last May.

My project last year provided to the OSU Computer Science Labs an
integration of Trac and Subversion projects for the school.  This
integration uses the Apache web server on Linux.  This integration was a

Steven J. Hathaway

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