The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Kickoff and Showcase events will take place online. 



Spring 2021 Virtual Showcase!!!!! Click here for details.

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, Best Poster, and People's Choice. The event is usually held in the Bryce Jordan Center, however, it will be held online.

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

Past Showcases

You can also view the Fall 2020 Showcase here

You can also view the Spring 2020 Showcase here.  



Please continue to check this website for updates on how the fall 2021 Kickoff event will take place.  As the University moves toward on-campus teaching, we will adjust our plans for the Kickoff and provide additional details mid-summer.

Teams will be determined prior to the first week of classes (classes begin Monday, August 23). Sponsors should plan on meeting with their project teams during the first week of classes. This first team meeting is vital to the success of the project. Students will contact their sponsor to arrange a meeting time based on the availability of both the team and the sponsor.

If a sponsor has not heard from their assigned team by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, please contact the faculty adviser listed under the Current Projects under the Faculty tab or contact Matt Parkinson at


students show industry representatives their learning factory project Showcase Video 2018

Kickoff and Showcase Details


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Kickoff and Showcase events will take place online.  In lieu of the in-person Kickoff event, the Learning Factory Director will host an informational meeting for sponsors in mid-January (spring semester) and mid-August (fall semester). 



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