Technology Management Program’s Capstone Projects Highlight Creativity

Posted: June 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Wouldn’t it be nice to have wireless Internet service during your morning commute on the Metro? Or to be able to play in your Fantasy Football league while hanging out at your favorite bar or restaurant? Students in the MS in Technology Management Program attempted to bring these ideas and others to life during their capstone projects this year.

The capstone involves a team of students working with a local company to develop a proposal for a technology management solution to a business problem. The 37 students who graduated this year worked in teams of five or six with seven different companies: Great American Restaurant Chain, America Online, U.S. Postal Service, Secure Patch Management (a division of Secure Element), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, American Management Systems Inc., and NTN Communication Inc. Students looked at technology issues such as how to develop patch management for computers or how to prevent e-mail spam.

The teams presented their final projects in front of a panel of judges made up of local executives from Datatel, Freddie Mac, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and Veridian Corporation.

Each year the results continue to astonish J.P. Auffret, program director, who says that the work not only enhances Mason’s relationship with local companies, but also in some cases provides viable funding for the students’ projects.

Several years ago, a project that started out as a capstone idea became reality. A group of students who worked with Sunrise Assisted Living developed the concept of using wireless devices to assist staff nurses. It was put into practice, resulting in more accurate patient records.

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