As we move to the end of the Fall Semester, Capstone teams need to be documenting their first two project deliverables, a Kickoff Meeting (including Quad Charts) and results of any interim Design Reviews. Copies of presentations and data should be sent from your school directly to the Capstone website at firstname.lastname@example.org
These deliverables are important requirements at the Marketplace to process invoices for payments to your schools.
FOR NEW MEMBERS: please submit your site membership requests from your .edu, .mil, .gov or other official mail account. We can’t accept an initial request from a “gmail”, aol, or other general account, unless you can establish your association with a university, military, government, or other official or educational organization.
“Capstone Marketplace” is one of four strategic thrusts of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). SERC is a Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Stevens Institute of Technology leads a consortium of 22 universities which form this UARC. The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for System Engineering (ODASD/SE) sponsors SERC’s activities. SERC is chartered to strengthen academic research in system engineering, addressing problems of interest to DOD. The Capstone Marketplace connects DOD and other government organizations with undergraduate academic teams, to work on senior year, “capstone” design projects. The Capstone Marketplace provides student design teams research topics, contact with government Subject Matter Experts, and research funding for projects. University capstone teams are expected to operate like small industry teams, performing research and development for government “Subject Matter Expert” customers. SERC’s staff provides the technical, business, and other management references and resources to the Capstone teams.
The Capstone Marketplace has a list of “2019-2020 Research Topics”. These research interests have been collected from DOD military operators and government research organizations. All of this year’s topics are aligned with organizational priorities and gaps in their R&D processes. SERC has selected Capstone Research Topics such that:
Sponsors in the operational units and government research staffs, will work directly with students. The web document, “SERC Capstone Marketplace Objectives” lists additional details on SERC’s concepts for small team developments and applied system engineering for students.
Academic institutions intending to pursue SERC Capstone Marketplace awards are encouraged to submit an initial “Expression of Interest” (EOI) to SERC as soon as possible. A template on the Capstone Marketplace website can be transmitted directly to the Marketplace. After receipt of an EOI, SERC will send a Request For Proposal (RFP) to the university. Proposals should follow formats, instructions, and schedules provided in the “Project Proposal Instructions” detailed on the website. Proposals will be evaluated and awards announced as rapidly as possible. SERC intends to assign its full set of 2019-2020 Research Topics to university teams by late September 2019. Additional details on SERC’s project award and contracting processes are on the website–see documents in the “Resources” sections.
Proposals may now be accepted from non-SERC universities, as well as from SERC consortium members. SERC may now award Capstone Marketplace Contracts to any U.S. educational institution, with ABET accreditation, conducting undergraduate engineering design projects.
SUMMARY OF RECENT CHANGES IN CAPSTONE MARKETPLACE:
QUESTIONS AND POINTS OF CONTACT
Capstone Marketplace Managers:
Michael DeLorme email@example.com
Bill Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org