Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken United States
This is the Final Technical Report for Research Task 197 RT-197 Capstone Marketplace covering the period 09 Feb 2018 to 30 June 2019. Research funds for this task have been provided from the Capstone Sponsor, OSDs Director of System Engineering Transformation as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Air Force Research Lab, and OSDs Rapid Response Technology Office. During 17 months of activity, SERCs Capstone Marketplace generated over 40 research topics from operational military units, and posted them to a web-based Marketplace. The Marketplace attracted proposals from numerous universities nationwide, and 31 Capstone projects were selected for student teams and faculty advisors from 11 universities. 28 Projects were initiated during academic year 2018-2019 as new starts 3 projects were continuations from the previous years Capstone work. In two instances, at Virginia Tech, and Texas A and M University, student teams performed Capstone activities for their government sponsors even though SERC contracts were not completed before the end of the school year. Several limitations in SERCs contract requirements contributed to this situation and changes are being addressed to fix this for the next academic year.