Rochester Institute of Technology




Keith Stanfill (Co-Chair)
Robert Hart (Co-Chair)

Beth DeBartolo (Local)
Steve Beyerlein
Patsy Brackin
Jay Goldberg
Amy Hortop
Susannah Howe
Glen Livesay
Shraddha Sangelkar
Bridget Smyser


Panel Session 1: Mon June 4, 10:30AM-12:00PM

P1A: Multidisciplinary Models for Capstone Success
Facilitator: Richard Berkey
Panelists: Catherine Bowman, Jay Goldberg, Bennett Ward
Nationally recognized capstone programs that involve multidisciplinary projects shared best practices in course design, project selection, design team facilitation, and assessment.

P1B: Systems Thinking (Scribe Notes)
Facilitator: William Fortney
Panelists: Marcos Esterman, Tom Gannon, James Hacunda
Systems engineering methods are critical to the successful development of any complex system. Panelists discussed ways to incorporate systems engineering concepts and tools into any capstone experience.

P1C: Design for Non-profits in Capstone
Facilitator: Jay McCormack
Panelists: Don Dekker, Kevin Kochersberger, Dan Phillips
Non-profits need technical help and students are often motivated when helping those with great need. Panelists discussed issues encountered, rewards from relationships, and ways to establish partnerships.

P1D: Capstone 101
Facilitator: Renee Rogge
Panelists: Susannah Howe, Todd Polk, Laura Rosenbauer, Keith Stanfill
This session was targeted toward new capstone faculty. The panel presented best practices in teaching capstone. Experienced faculty also shared ideas with the group.


Panel Session 2: Mon June 4, 2:00-3:30 PM

P2A: What I Wish I Had Known Before My First Job
Facilitator: Patsy Brackin
Panelists: Darius Fadanelli, James Hacunda, Erik Larson, Pattie Moore
The transition from student to full-time professional can be challenging. Industry representatives discussed lessons learned in their career with student Capstone Design Conference participants - sharing their view on critical professional development, strategies, and professionalism that is essential for an entry-level engineer during their first two years.

P2B: Safety and Risks in Capstone
Facilitator: Fred Looft
Panelists: Scott Doremus, Kevin Kochersberger, Bridget Smyser
Safety and risks apply to students as they design and execute projects as well as to the designs that are being created. This discussion was about safety concerns and methods for addressing these concerns.

P2C: Entrepreneurship in Capstone
Facilitator: Jay Goldberg
Panelists: Curtis Abel, Annie Abell, John Ochs, Bennett Ward
Capstone provides a natural opportunity for students to engage in entrepreneurial activities. In this panel, a mix of students and professionals discussed best practices in supporting and encouraging student entrepreneurs.

P2D: International Design Teams
Facilitator: Dean Knudson
Panelists: Bastian Bachmann, Megan Bouret, Jeewani Anupama Ginige, Carsten Kleiner, Barbara Seegebarth, Steve Zahos
All panelists have been involved in international design exchanges and presented their experiences and suggestions.


Panel Session 3: Tue June 5, 2:15-3:45 PM

P3A: Corporate Sponsorships
Facilitator: Shraddha Sangelkar
Panelists: Kris Jaeger, Vito Moreno, David Sly, Matthew Swenson
How do you work with companies to enhance the experience for students, faculty, and the company, too? This panel was an informative session that addressed many concerns for corporate sponsored projects.

P3B: Grading or Evaluating Progress in Capstone
Facilitator: Robert Hart
Panelists: Jeewani Anupama Ginige, Daria Kotys-Schwartz, John Parmigiani, Gregory Watkins
Do you evaluate process, product, or some combination of both? Are there other metrics for evaluating student achievement in capstone? In this panel, panelists and audience members shared their ideas.

P3C: Professional Skills in Capstone Design (Scribe Notes)
Facilitator: Marie Paretti
Panelists: Denny Davis, Ramana Pidaparti, Alisha Sarang-Sieminski
Major publications and industry leaders have stressed the need for engineers with enhanced professional skills. This panel discussed ways to meet this need.

P3D: Encouraging Creativity in Capstone
Facilitator: Patsy Brackin
Panelists: Megan Conrad, Don Dekker, Russell McMahon, Pattie Moore
How can you encourage engineering students to participate in the creative process? How can you ensure that students generate multiple alternatives? This panel provided approaches for encouraging creativity in capstone design.


Panel Session 4: Wed June 6, 9:00-10:30 AM

P4A: ABET 1-7: How Is Capstone Design Affected?
Facilitator: Denny Davis
Panelists: Patsy Brackin, John Estell,Steve Zahos
The new ABET Student Outcomes, 1-7, have an expanded definition of design. What does this new definition imply for capstone courses? How can a program demonstrate that they are meeting the outcomes? The panel included experienced team chairs, program evaluators, and program ABET coordinators.

P4B: Nifty Ideas and Surprising Flops
Facilitator: Susannah Howe
Panelists: TBD
This rapid-fire session featured a collection of “nifty ideas” and “surprising flops” from capstone design. Each presenter briefly shared a nifty/flop, followed by Q&A from the audience.

P4C: Team Formation (Scribe Notes)
Facilitator: Shraddha Sangelkar
Panelists: Julie Ford, Richard Parker, Matthew Swenson
There are many approaches to team formation: assign randomly, assign based on skills, assign based on student preference, have students bid for projects, and others. This panel discussed the pros and cons of different approaches.

P4D: Difficult Conversations
Facilitator: Keith Stanfill
Panelists: Gregory Kremer, Renee Rogge
One of the challenges of teaching design is the difficult conversations that a design instructor sometimes has to have with teams or team members. This dynamic session included role-plays and discussions of some specific situations plus strategies for helping faculty manage these difficult conversations.


Panel Session 5: Wed June 6, 11:00AM-12:30 PM

P5A: Roles and Responsibilities on Teams in Capstone
Facilitator: Brian Novoselich
Panelists: Denny Davis, Kimberly Demoret, Daria Kotys-Schwartz, Marco Nunez
There is general agreement that having team members perform different roles can improve the productivity of a team. Who should determine the roles? Who should assign the roles? What are some approaches that improve productivity? This panel discussed ideas and strategies.

P5B: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Took Capstone
Facilitator: Renee Rogge
Panelists: Invited Students Attending the Conference
Students have varying expectations about their capstone experience. This panel included reflections from students about what they wish they had known before they started.

P5C: Performing Design Research in Capstone Classes (Framing Slides)
Facilitator: Steve Beyerlein
Panelists: Mohammad Fazelpour, Shraddha Sangelkar, Joshua Summers
This panel introduced and discussed formal methods for engineering design research that can be applied through capstone design projects.


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