Systems Engineering Capstone Marketplace
Technical Report,01 May 2020,29 Jun 2020
Stevens Institute of Technology, Systems Engineering Research Center Hoboken United States
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This is the final Technical Report for Research Task 1007 WRT-1007 Capstone Marketplace covering the period 01 May to 29 June 2020, and summary observations and Capstone project results for the full 2019-2020 Academic Year. Research funds for the Marketplace have been provided from OSDs Director of System Engineering as well as U.S. Special Operations Command and OSDs Rapid Response Technology Office. During 12 months of activity, SERCs Capstone Marketplace has matched 18 research needs from military units to student engineering teams pursuing senior design projects. 11 universities received awards to support 24 student Capstone teams. In March 2020, nationwide quarantine restrictions affected all university students and faculty this had major impacts on Capstone activities, as students were unable to travel or use school laboratories, shops, libraries, and other facilities. In all cases, student teams devised virtual workarounds which achieved satisfactory project objectives for their tasks. The goal of this project was to investigate means to expand the SERC Capstone Marketplace established in 2013, refined in 2014, and further developed in the 20162018 academic years. Previous SERC research in RT1919a, RT43, RT 105, RT131, RT 150, and RT 197 showed that multidisciplinary Capstone programs enhance development of systems engineering competencies as well as analytic and design skills among undergraduate student engineers.
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