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CCS Seniors To Detail Solutions for Real World Problems at Capstone

Graduating seniors in NJIT’s popular CCS Capstone Program will take to the stage on campus next week when they explain how they have solved “real world problems” for corporate and company clients, including CACIAudible, Inc., and RDE Systems.  Some students will even feature entrepreneurial projects that grew from the other work. 

The students are participants in an unique capstone program which not only draws large numbers of computing science, information systems and information technology majors, but also  architecture, liberal arts and sciences majors.  The showcase, set for Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2, 2013, will take place in the Jim Wise Theater in Kupfrian Hall on the NJIT campus from 6-9 p.m.       

“Our program offers a chance for students to develop their projects with top industry sponsors,” said Osama Eljabiri, CCS senior university lecturer, in charge of the event.  “During the showcase, students get 10 minutes to stand on stage and present their invention.  Afterwards everyone participates in a lively networking session.  Many companies joined us this semester and we know that potential hires are always on everyone’s mind.” 

Selected projects to be presented include the following. 

CACI professionals have joined forces with a team of NJIT students to produce development solutions for software programs.  Using the application platform Stackato, the students created a private application that allowed them to set up virtual application servers and deploy applications to them.  Project goals included testing the Stackato platform, measuring its capabilities and documenting problems.  CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for intelligence, defense, and federal civilian clients.  A member of the Fortune 1000 largest companies and the Russell 2000 Index, CACI has approximately 15,300 employees working in over 120 offices worldwide.

An NJIT team has spent the semester building a web application for reporting software test results for Newark-based Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary.  Audible is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the internet.   The fully-automated application displays test results in an organized fashion and was built using a service-oriented architecture.

Mentors from RDE Systems, the makers of eCOMPAS®, have been designing and implementing with NJIT students a user-friendly mobile health application.  The app will help doctors track and manage patient's health information.  It will use mobile bootstrap for CSS and ColdFusion for functionality with MS SQL 2008 as the backend.

With more than 1000 sponsors and 1100 projects completed over the past 12 years, the CCS Capstone provides a unique real world project-based hands-on learning experience where small multidisciplinary teams of three to four students work as consultants and developers with small businesses, large companies, health care systems, educational institutions, government agencies and social programs to tackle complex problems and provide cost-effective solutions with full faculty, alumni and advanced peer coaching and mentorship.

The students select the projects that match their interests, elect their CEO’s, co-design the course with instructor, utilize their collective education and unlock their potentials.  In addition to industry-sponsored projects, the capstone offers other options such as strategic management, entrepreneurship, research and development and teaching projects.  The course provides hands-on interactive training on hot technical topics demanded by IT employers in addition to workshops in leadership, project management, presentation, communication and social skills carried out by industry subject matter experts, top executives, faculty and expert peers and alumni.  In the capstone, many students find instant job opportunities and important connections to potential employers.  Capstone teams present their final projects to the public in a large competition where many employers come and offer direct career opportunities.  Moreover, students who complete the course receive special certificates, in-advance recommendation letters and cash prizes.  For more information about the program, contact Eljabiri at oe2@njit.edu.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.