The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase


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.

College of Engineering
Capstone Design Project Showcase Agenda
Thursday, April 26, 2018 — Bryce Jordan Center
Time Event Location
9:30 am Industry Advisory Board Meeting Room D
10:30 am Sponsor Welcome and Coffee Founders Room
10:45 am Sponsor Meeting and Debriefing, Review of the Semester Founders Room
11:30 am –
2:00 pm
Buffet Lunch will be Available for Sponsors and Faculty Concourse (Upper Level)
1:00 pm –
3:30 pm
Showcase Arena

Parking: Parking will be provided by The Learning Factory therefore, permits are not necessary. Visitors attending the Showcase may park either in the Orange L (South) parking lot behind the Bryce Jordan Center or in the Jordan East (Lot 44), Stadium West, or Porter North commuter lots. Parking is not permitted in Orange L East (small lot closest to the Guest Entrance). Click here for a view of the parking map.


Teams will be determined the first week of classes (classes begin August 20). 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 process 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 28, 2018

Location: All events and meetings will be held in the Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

Sponsor Meeting: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kickoff/Technical Meeting with Teams: Between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Students should have contacted the sponsor prior to August 28 to arrange the exact meeting time based on the availability of both the team and the sponsor. All meetings will be held in the Ballroom, however, there will not be table assignments so teams may sit anywhere they choose. (AV equipment will NOT be available so sponsors should plan accordingly.)

Meals: All meals will be on your own.

August 23 and 24: Student teams will begin to contact their sponsor to schedule the meeting for August 28. If a sponsor has not heard from their assigned team by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24, please contact the faculty adviser listed under the Current Projects under the Faculty tab or contact Matt Parkinson at

The Learning Factory’s Industrial Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, August 28, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Ballroom.

students show industry representatives their learning factory project Showcase Video 2018

Kickoff and Showcase Details

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.

Fall 2018 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Nittany Lion Inn
Agenda (See details to the left.)



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

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University Park, PA 16802