NEW CAPSTONE EMAIL
Our new address for proposal submission, questions, and other correspondence is now “email@example.com”
RESEARCH TOPICS ARE BEING ASSIGNED.
We are continuing to send out RFP’s. Please send us any new “Expressions Of Interest” without delay, we have the capacity to accept some more project teams.
For new membership requests, please submit from your .edu, .mil, .gov or other official mail account. “gmail” or aol won’t do to get started, unless you can establish your association with a university or other organization
Some Minor Process Changes
The Proposal Preparation formats this year have had minor changes. See the “Resources” tab. SERC’s contract documentation through Stevens Institute is greatly simplified from last year.
We have also updated the Project Plan Outline which will be a contract deliverable as each project team starts its interactions with government customers. We have included a requirement in the Plan for a Quad Chart which is common in many government projects. Please see the suggested formats on the website. Please see the document below for additional information on recent changes to the Capstone Marketplace process:
The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at Stevens Institute of Technology; 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. A component of SERC’s effort is the “Capstone Marketplace”, which 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 staff provides technical, business, and other management references and resources to the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Shepherd email@example.com