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.


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.

Spring 2017 Showcase Agenda

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bryce Jordan Center

8:30                 Coffee for IAB members – Founders Room

9:00                 Industry Advisory Board Meeting – Room D (Small room attached to the Founders Room)

10:00               Sponsor Welcome & Coffee – Founders Room

10:30              Information Session, Sponsor Meeting, Debriefing, and Judge Selection – Founders Room

11:30-1:30       Lunch for Sponsors and Faculty – S. Annex Gym

1:00-3:30         Design Showcase – Arena

3:30 to 5:30     Industry Partners Reception and Awards Ceremony – S. Annex Gym

Parking:  Parking will be provided by The Learning Factory. Everyone attending the Showcase and Industry Partners' reception may park either of the lots listed below.  See the attached parking map for the locations of these lots. Parking is not permitted in Orange L East.  This is the small lot outside of the Guest Entrance.  This lot will be monitored and you will receive a ticket.

  • Orange L (South) parking lot behind the Bryce Jordan Center
  • Jordan East (Lot 44)
  • Stadium West
  • Porter North commuter lots.
students show industry representatives their learning factory project

Kickoff and Showcase Details

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

Fall 2017 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Nittany Lion Inn
1:00pm - 7:00pm



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