13 OCT

CONTRACTS FROM THE  SYSTEM ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER (SERC) FOR EACH SCHOOL’S PROJECT PROPOSALS ARE DELAYED.   AFTER A DOD BUDGET HAS BEEN APPROVED, CONTRACT OFFERS WILL PROCEED.  SCHOOLS, FACULTY AND STUDENTS WITH ACCEPTABLE PROPOSALS WILL RECEIVE  PROCEED “AT RISK” NOTICES ON THEIR PROJECTS

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  •  A PROPOSAL IS REQUIRED FOR EACH STUDENT PROJECT. 
  • RECOMMEND KEEP PROPOSALS SHORT–SEE GUIDANCE IN RESOURCES SECTION
  • PLEASE USE .EDU, .ORG, .GOV, OR OTHER OFFICIAL EMAIL FOR ANY MEMBERSHIP REQUESTS  

    WE WILL NOT PROCESS REQUESTS BY EMAIL FROM GENERAL WEB ADDRESSESS (gmail, aol, etc) UNLESS WE CAN VERIFY YOU ARE WITH AN EDUCATIONAL, GOVT OR OTHER APPROPRIATE ORGANIZATION  

FOR INDUSTRY:  We will accept industry applications for site membership from U.S. companies or from U.S. subsidiaries on a case-by case basis.   Please send an email with your interests

A Quick Summary of the Capstone Process:

  1.  New 2021-2022 Research Topics are posted.

  2. Universities and faculty advisors–log on as a site member and submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) 

  3. Requests for Proposals (RFP) are sent from faculty to the Marketplace in response to EOI’s.  

  4.  Proposals are received at the Marketplace and evaluated with government customers.   A student team does not have to be formed before a proposal can be accepted.
  5. Awards are made with “proceed at risk” notices from the Capstone Marketplace.  Formal contracts from Stevens to each university to follow
  6. Contracts between SERC/Stevens Institute and  Universities executed for Capstone work when DOD budgeting is complete for Fiscal Year 2022.

About the Capstone Marketplace

BACKGROUND

“Capstone Marketplace” is one of four strategic thrusts of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), that enhances knowledge of system engineering at the undergraduate level.   SERC is a Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), a 22 university consortium led by   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.   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 research topics to student design teams, contact with government Subject Matter Experts, and limited research funding. University capstone teams are expected to operate like small industry teams, performing research for their government customers.   SERC’s staff provide technical, business, and other management support to Capstone teams.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

2021-2022 Research Topics are now on the Capstone Marketplace website.     These topics come from military units and staff organizations.   SERC assists with the descriptions of each Capstone Research Topic such that:

  • Students are exposed to challenging problems, with acceptable project scope in terms of complexity, time, and financial resources required
  • Topics require multi-disciplinary skills and system engineering approaches to find solutions 
  • A business-like environment is established with Statements Of Work, Milestones, Deliverables.  Students responsible for Cost, Schedule, and Technical performances
  • Results will have value for government sponsors
  • Topics have academic value for students

Sponsors in operational units and government research staffs 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. 

Once Research Topics are announced, 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 are evaluated and awards announced as rapidly as possible.  

ELIGIBILITY

Proposals will 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:

  1. SERC can award Capstone Marketplace Research Topics to any US university with an ABET accredited engineering program. Membership in the SERC Consortium is not required.
  2. Graduate students are permitted to participate in Capstone teams.  See the details on this in Comments on Capstone Activities for the upcoming Academic Year.
  3. Universities are encouraged to submit their own ideas for new Research Topics.  SERC’s Marketplace is an exchange where universities can attract Capstone and government interest in their research ideas with a minimum of process.   See the document Academic Inputs for Capstone-Marketplace Research Topics for more information.  

QUESTIONS AND POINTS OF CONTACT

FOR ALL CAPSTONE DELIVERABLES–Please email to:       capstonemarketplace@stevens.edu   

Capstone Marketplace Managers:

Michael DeLorme                    mdelorme@stevens.edu 

Bill Shepherd                           wshephe1@stevens.edu