For all Capstone student teams, Faculty Advisors, and government “customers”
As the 2018-2019 Academic Year draws to a close, it’s most important that all Capstone teams submit the following to the Capstone Marketplace for contract closeout and archiving (email to firstname.lastname@example.org):
Although government contacts act as Subject Matter Experts and technical advisors, the Capstone Marketplace is the only place that invoices can be reconciled with submitted deliverables and expenses paid.
ITS MOST IMPORTANT THAT THIS MATERIAL BE FORWARDED TO email@example.com
BEFORE THE ACADEMIC YEAR CONCLUDES
The Capstone Marketplace is planning for Academic Year 2019. We are contacting other government organizations who have not been part of this year’s Capstone efforts. We also expect that Research Topics which did not get pursued this year will “roll over” into the next academic year. We will also consider “unsolicited” Research ideas and proposals from Academia which, if accepted by a government sponsor, will become “sole source” 2019 Capstone projects. These topics will be discussed at the upcoming Marketplace Summit.
We are still receiving a number of requests for Capstone access from unverified email accounts. We are refusing Capstone accounts for any site visitors who contact us without an “.edu”, “mil”, “gov”, or other U.S. academic or official email address. Although many of these requests appear valid, we will only set up an account through a university email server or other government site. If you don’t have these accounts, please send us email justification at firstname.lastname@example.org We also offer marketplace participation from industry members on a case by case basis.
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 is a resource which 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 “SME” “customers”. SERC staff will provide technical, business, and other management references and resources as needed.
SERC’s Capstone Marketplace has a list of “2018-2019 Research Topics”. Technical problems, capability gaps, and research interests have been collected from DOD military operators and government research organizations. Government funds are available for student teams willing to tackle these research topics as capstone design projects. SERC has selected its Capstone Marketplace Research Topics so that senior students will:
These sponsors, operational units and government research staff, will work directly with students. The web document, “SERC Capstone Marketplace Objectives” lists additional details on SERC’s initiative.
Academic institutions intending to pursue SERC Capstone Marketplace awards are encouraged to submit an initial “Expression of Interest” (EOI) to SERC. A template is on the Capstone Marketplace website. After SERC’s receipt of an EOI, SERC may 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, starting August 2018. SERC intends to assign its full set of 2018-2019 Research Topics to university teams by late September 2018. Additional details on SERC’s project award and contracting process are on the website.
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
1. Questions may be directed to: email@example.com
2. The “General Topics and Discussion” area on the website Homepage may also be used for Q&A
Capstone Marketplace Managers:
Michael DeLorme firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Shepherd email@example.com