The College of Engineering Design Kickoff and Showcase



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 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.

College of Engineering
Capstone Design Project Showcase Agenda
Bryce Jordan Center
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time Event Location

9:00 am

Industry Advisory Board Meeting (members only)

Room D

10:00 am Sponsor Coffee Founders Room
10:30 am Current Sponsor Meeting and Debriefing, Review of the Semester Founders Room
11:30 am –
2:00 pm
Buffet Lunch will be Available for Sponsors and Faculty

You will receive an Email from the Learning Factory staff regarding the location.

1:00 pm –
3:00 pm


(Awards announced at 3:00)


Parking: Parking will be provided by The Learning Factory therefore, permits are not necessary. Visitors attending the Showcase may park either in the Orange L (South) parking lot behind the Bryce Jordan Center or in the Jordan East (Lot 44), Stadium West, or Porter North commuter lots. Parking is not permitted in Orange L East (small lot closest to the Guest Entrance).  ADA spaces are available in Orange L East with a properly displayed state issued ADA Plate or Placard.  Click here for a view of the parking map.


Teams will be determined the first week of classes (classes begin January 13). 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 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.

College of Engineering
Project Kickoff Event
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - Hetzel Union Building (HUB)
Time Event Location
10:00 am –
11:00 am
Sponsor Meeting 129 Alumni Hall
Lunch On Your Own (The HUB has a variety of places to have lunch.)
8:00 -9:45 am and 11:00 am –
7:00 pm

Kickoff/Technical Meeting with Teams Begin
(Any meetings scheduled before 10am will be asked to adjourn by 9:45 so they don't conflict with the one-hour sponsor meeting that begins at 10am.)

129 Alumni Hall

Students will contact their sponsor prior to September 3 to arrange the exact meeting time based on the availability of both the team and the sponsor. (AV equipment will NOT be available.)

January 16 and 17: Student teams will begin to contact their sponsor to schedule the meeting for January 21. If a sponsor has not heard from their assigned team by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17, please contact the faculty adviser listed under the Current Projects under the Faculty tab or contact Matt Parkinson at

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.

Sponsors can click here to access a detailed document outlining the events leading up to and including the day of the Kickoff.

students show industry representatives their learning factory project Showcase Video 2018

Kickoff and Showcase Details


Fall 2019 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Hetzel Union Building

Fall 2019 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Showcase
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Bryce Jordan Center in the Arena
1:00 to 3:30 pm

Spring 2020 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Kickoff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Hetzel Union Building (HUB)



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