The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase


Teams will be determined the 1st week of classes. The Project Kick-Off event will be held the 2nd week of classes and will serve as a first technical meeting for teams and sponsors. Teams will already be determined before the kickoff event. This new process (began in Fall 2016) will include a sponsor meeting with the director of the Learning Factory to review the semester and an opportunity to have a technical meeting with the team of students already assigned to a sponsor's project.

Date:  Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Location:  Nittany Lion Inn
Meeting Rooms:  Boardroom and Ballroom (No AV equipment will be available so sponsors should plan accordingly.)
Sponsor Meeting:  Boardroom - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kickoff/Technical Meeting:  Between 1pm and 9pm (Students will arrange the exact meeting time and meeting room based on the availability of both the team and the sponsor. There will not be table assignments so teams may sit anywhere they choose.)
Meals:  All meals will be on your own.

August 24-25:  Student teams will contact their sponsor to schedule the meeting for August 29.  If a sponsor has not heard from their assigned team by 3:30 pm on Friday, August 25, please contact the faculty advisor listed under the Current Projects under the Faculty tab or contact Matt Parkinson at


The Learning Factory's Industrial Advisory Board will meet from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Penn State Room of the Nittany Lion Inn.  IAB should refer to email for details of the meeting.


The Design Showcase happens the last week of the semester and is the official end of the project. During the Showcase, students display their projects and are judged by a panel of industry experts, comprised of current and past sponsors as well as members of our Industry Advisory Board. Prizes are awarded for the Best Project and Best Poster. The event is open to the public and is usually attended by more than 600 students, faculty, sponsors, and guests.

The event is the culmination of 15 weeks of work, which starts with the Project Kick-Off Meeting the first week of the semester.

students show industry representatives their learning factory project

Kickoff and Showcase Details

Fall 2017 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Nittany Lion Inn
1:00 to 9:00 pm (see details to the left)

Fall 2017 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Showcase

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center
1:00 to 3:30 pm

Spring 2018 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Nittany Lion Inn
Agenda TBD

Spring 2018 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Showcase

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Bryce Jordan Center
1:00 to 3:30 pm
NOTE!  Awards will be presented at 3:00 pm.  There will not be an awards reception.



Our mission is to help bring the real-world into the classroom by providing engineering students with practical hands-on experience through industry-sponsored and client-based capstone design projects. Since its inception, the Learning Factory has completed more than 1,800 projects for more than 500 different sponsors, and nearly 9,000 engineering students at Penn State University Park participated in such a project.

The Learning Factory

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802