The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase


Starting Fall 2016, the Project Kick-Off was different than in past years and will continue relatively the same for future semesters.  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. The new 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.

Spring 2017 Kickoff Agenda

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nittany Lion Inn (NLI)

1:00-2:30 – sponsor registration and set-up and signatures on agreements (see Cindy at registration table)

2:30-3:30 – sponsor meeting

3:45 – 7:00 - technical meetings between sponsors and student teams (light refreshments will be provided)

Parking:  Attendees should park in the Nittany Parking Deck (beside the NLI).  The NLI front desk can validate parking stubs. 


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

Spring 2017 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Nittany Lion Inn
1:00pm - 7:00pm

Spring 2017 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Showcase
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center
1:00pm - 3:30pm

Spring 2017 College of Engineering Industry Partners' Awards Reception
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center
3:30pm - 5:30pm



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