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From jan i <>
Subject Fwd: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
Date Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:47:30 GMT

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.

jan i.

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From: D. Kevin McGrath <>
Date: 22 July 2015 at 18:10
Subject: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!

Colleagues --

Have you always wanted a particular software tool developed for your use,
have never had the time to do it yourself? Well then, read on. Have I got a
for you!

My name is Kevin McGrath. I am the instructor who runs the OSU Computer
Senior Capstone class. The Capstone class is a 3-quarter (Fall, Winter,
"career preparation" experience. The major piece of this is doing a
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
project possibilities. This is where you come in. I am looking for you to
your needs and experience to propose those project possibilities.

A web site has been setup to give you more information, and let you enter
edit your project proposals:


You have until September 24 to get yours in. That is the date the students
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
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.
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
be when doing it. Excitement is contagious!

After projects have been selected, we will follow a client-contractor model
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
would like to propose a research project for the students, please indicate
using the Additional Comments field.

Given the nature of a research oriented project, I find that better results
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
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,
that your project represents an excellent software engineering experience
the students.

Do remember, however, that these are seniors. They have taken the core
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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