Report Number: Technical Report SERC‐2017‐TR‐108
Report Name: Systems Engineering Capstone Marketplace
Publication Date: June 5, 2017
The goal of this project was to continue to investigate methods and means to further the SERC Capstone Marketplace that was established in 2013, refined in 2014, and further developed and
designed in the 2016‐2017 academic year. SERC research in previous research tasks of this project has shown that multidisciplinary capstone programs can enhance the development of systems engineering competencies.
The Capstone Marketplace is an online tool intended to match multi‐disciplinary student teams with challenging engineering projects. While web-based tools exist for matching students to
projects at individual institutions, the Capstone Marketplace is intended to enable broader participation and as such is open to all institutions with the capability of participating in
undergraduate level capstone projects. The marketplace project sponsors and/or mentors provide domain expertise and advice, students research the project details and work towards
solutions, while faculty supervisors help guide the teams and grade their work. The Capstone Marketplace makes it easier for sponsors to reach out to a broad pool of students and provide
them with the added benefit of an engaged and knowledgeable mentor. Students can more easily find projects best matched to their interests and needs and faculty have an open source
for student projects that can lead to new research partners and collaborators.
The project consisted of four phases:
1. Initiating and supporting a fourth and fifth year of Capstone Marketplace projects
2. Marketing the Capstone Marketplace to attract additional sponsors and participating schools
3. Refining the Capstone Marketplace website/portal
4. Development of support materials for sponsors and schools that use the marketplace
Activities of these phases overlapped, but initiation and support of the past year and marketing for future projects were mostly separate.