The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase

 Kickoff and Sponsor Meeting

Capstone project sponsors....we hope to see you at the Capstone Project Kickoff on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) in 122 Heritage Hall on the University Park campus.   The Kickoff is your first team meeting and is vital to the success of the project. Attending the Kickoff is highly encouraged and most importantly, it jumpstarts the projects giving an additional 1-2 weeks of meaningful work for project teams. In an already compressed schedule, we know this will be a great benefit to both the students and sponsors.

Estimated Timeline:

  • Wednesday Evening, August 17: Teams will be finalized.
  • Thursday, August 18: Students will begin contacting their sponsors to set up a meeting time based on the availability of both the team and the sponsor.   If sponsors are unable to attend the Kickoff, it is acceptable to conduct virtual meetings at a convenient day and time that works for sponsors and their team(s). Sponsors should receive an email or phone call from one of the students assigned to your project no later than Tuesday, August 23. If sponsors don’t hear from someone by 3:30 pm on August 23, please contact the Faculty Contact who will be advising the team. This person is listed with the projects (in alpha order) found here:   As always, you can also contact Matt Parkinson or Cindy Winkelblech at but initially reaching out to the faculty member is best since they have direct access to the students.
  • Thursday, August 25 (Kickoff): The teams will have the opportunity to meet with their sponsor for the first time and begin working on the project. 


Kickoff and Sponsor Meeting Agenda

Thursday, August 25

All events will be held at the Hetzel Union Building (HUB)

  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Kickoff meeting with students and sponsors – 122 Heritage Hall
  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am - Industrial Advisory Board  Meeting (members only) - Room 233A
  • 10:00 to 11:00 am - Sponsor Meeting – Room 233A - Sponsors will be able to attend virtually if they cannot attend in person.  A zoom link will be provided.



  • Between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm sponsors and teams will meet at a time previously determined between the sponsors and the team. The duration of the meeting is at the discretion of the sponsor.
    • It is also acceptable to conduct virtual meetings if sponsors are unable to come to the Kickoff.
  • Sponsors will go to 122 Heritage Hall approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time where there will be round tables for your meeting. Sit anywhere you like. There may be multiple meetings going on at the same time.  You will be given a table tent with your sponsor company name so students can find you.  Wearing company logo shirts is always helpful as is giving your team your cell phone number.
  • Companies who have multiple projects may use more than one table, if necessary.
  • If the same sponsor is meeting with multiple teams at different times, it is the responsibility of the sponsor to coordinate the schedule of meeting times with the various teams.


Campus Map:

Accommodations in the State College Area:

PARKING:  Hourly parking is available in The HUB Parking Deck which is adjacent to the HUB.  Click on the URL for details and rates.  Metered parking is available on E. College Avenue.  There are other parking decks in State College within a 10 minute walk to the HUB (McAllister Parking Deck and Pugh Street Garage).  The Eisenhower Parking Deck is another option, however, you will need to park in the garage, walk to the parking office on the 1st floor of the parking garage to buy a permit, and then return to your vehicle to display the permit.



The Learning Factory hosted two showcases for Spring 2022.  The in-person Capstone Project Showcase was Thursday, April 28 at the Bryce Jordan Center.  The virtual Capstone Project Showcase was held Friday, April 29 through Friday, May 6.  Award winners can be found on the virtual showcase website.

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

Agenda for the Day

  • 9am to 10am -  Room D -  Learning Factory Industrial Advisory Board Meeting (members only)
  • 10am - Founders Room - Sponsor Welcome
  • 10:30 to 11:30 am - Founders Room - Sponsor Meeting hosted by Matt Parkinson, Director of the Learning Factory.  Current and potential future sponsors are welcome to attend.
  • 11:30 am to 2:00 pm - Boxed lunches available for sponsors and capstone teaching faculty.  Details will be emailed regarding the location.
  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Arena - Showcase event with students.  Open to the public.


Parking at the Bryce Jordan Center

Parking will be provided by The Learning Factory and permits are not necessary. Visitors attending the Showcase may park in either of the lots listed below.  Click here for a map of the parking lots.  Parking is not permitted in Orange L East.  EXCEPTION:  ADA spaces are available in Orange L East with a properly displayed state issued ADA Plate or Placard.  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. 


Past Showcases

You can view the Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2020, and Spring 2020 Virtual Showcase here.





students show industry representatives their learning factory project Showcase Video 2018

Kickoff and Showcase Details



Fall 2022 Capstone Project Kickoff

Thursday, August 25
Hetzel Union Building (HUB)
Room:  Heritage Hall
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fall 2022 Capstone Project Showcase

Dates, times, and location will be announced at a later time.



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