[Libs-Or] Software projects: Opportunity with Oregon State University Capstone Project

hleman at samhealth.org hleman at samhealth.org
Mon Sep 20 05:18:30 PDT 2010

Hi, all. I would just pass along the announcement below as it is a good opportunity to get a little help (think smart phone apps for your library or department) and to interest engineering students in library applications and library science and information in general. The students can't perform miracles, but for those of us who lack coding skills this is worth a look.

Hope Leman, MLIS
Research Information Technologist
Center for Health Research and Quality
Samaritan Health Services
815 NW 9th Street Suite 203A
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 768-5712

>From MIke Bailey at OSU EECS.

Colleagues --

It's September! Time for ...

Have you always wanted a particular software tool developed,
but have never had the time to do it yourself? Well then, read on.
Have I got an interesting deal for you!

My name is Mike Bailey and I run the Oregon State University Computer
Science Senior Capstone class. The Capstone class is a 3-quarter (Fall,
Winter, Spring) "career preparation" experience. The major element of
this is doing a significant 2-4 member team project.

When the students come to the first class on September 28, I want to
present them with a list of exciting, creative, and real-experience
software engineering project possibilities. This is where you come in.
I am looking for people to propose possible projects.

A web site has been setup to give you more information, and let you
enter and edit project proposals:


You have until September 27 to get yours in. That is the day before the
students will see them, which will start the selection process.
In that process, I ask the students to "bid" on their top 3 choices.
I ultimately make the final project assignments, but I try to take
their preferences into account. I find I get better results that way.

There will likely be more projects proposed than student teams to do them.
*So, really sell your project idea.* Definitely don't understate its
cool-ness factor!

After projects have been selected, we follow a client-contractor model in
which I "run" the software contract company and you are one of our valued
The students "report" to me, but you, as client, work directly with them to
design the requirements, set the timeline, and guide the progress.
Each quarter, you also assign 20% of their grade points.

Any project can be proposed from anybody. It doesn't matter where you are
from, just
that your project represents an excellent software engineering educational
for the students.

Do remember, however, that these are seniors. They have taken the core
classes so
far, but most have not taken the electives that would really help in some
such as graphics, AI, etc. They can learn, but it takes a little time.
Keep that in mind when proposing.

If you have questions or want to discuss project possibilities, feel
free to contact me at:

Mike Bailey
Professor, Computer Science
Oregon State University
2117 Kelley Engineering Center
mjb at cs.oregonstate.edu

Thanks for your time -- I look forward to working with you!

-- Mike Bailey

Mike Bailey
Professor, Computer Science
3D Graphics, Scientific Visualization
Oregon State University
2117 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
541-737-2542 FAX: 541-737-1300
mjb at cs.oregonstate.edu
http://cs.oregonstate.edu/~mjb <http://cs.oregonstate.edu/%7Emjb>

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