The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase


Fall 2021 Capstone Project Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7 at the Bryce Jordan Center from 1pm to 3:30 pm.  Please continue to check this site as we prepare the logistics of the event.  Emails will be sent to project sponsors and capstone students.

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, the location will be determined at a later time with the possibility of it being held online as it was in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.  As the University moves toward on-campus teaching, we will adjust our plans for the Showcase and provide additional details and agenda mid-fall semester.  

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

Kickoff and Sponsor Meeting

Capstone project sponsors....we hope to see you at the Capstone Project Kickoff on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) 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.


  • Wednesday Evening, August 18: Teams will be finalized.
  • Thursday, August 19: Students will begin contacting their sponsors to set up a meeting time based on the availability of both the team and the sponsor. You should receive an email or phone call from one of the students assigned to your project no later than Tuesday, August 24. If you don’t hear from someone by 3:30 pm on August 24, 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 26 (Kickoff): The teams will have the opportunity to meet with their sponsor for the first time. 


Kickoff and Sponsor Meeting Agenda

Thursday, August 26, 2021

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

  • 8:00 am to 6:30 pm - Kickoff meeting with students and sponsors – 129 Alumni Hall
  • 10:00 to 11:00 am - Sponsor Meeting – Room 233A




  • Between 8:00 am to 6:30 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.
  • Sponsors will go to the Alumni Hall approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time where there will be round tables for your meeting. Sit anywhere you like. There will be multiple meetings going on at the same time.  You will be given a table tent with your sponsor company name on it 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.


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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.






students show industry representatives their learning factory project Showcase Video 2018

Kickoff and Showcase Details

Fall 2021 Capstone Project Showcase Event

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Bryce Jordan Center
University Park Campus
1:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. (Refer to details on the left.)
Questions:  Please contact Cindy Winkelblech at or Matt Parkinson at 



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