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Capstone Project Program

teamwork, management, leadership

Industry sponsored senior level project course

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Partner with us for the Capstone Project course (CMDA 4864), a required senior-level class for CMDA majors. Teams of three or four students spend the semester tackling an open-ended, client-driven project. Ideally each team works on a different problem, so the class benefits from seeing the particular challenges that arise in a variety of projects. In addition to the technical aspects of the project, students are mentored in teamwork, project management, and technical leadership. Through the lens of their particular projects, the teams also consider the ethical aspects of data science and mathematical modeling. We seek partners from business, government, and from the Virginia Tech community to serve as sponsors for our capstone projects. These projects should not be theoretical research projects within statistics or applied mathematics, but could be inspired by research questions from other disciplines (e.g., using data science to illuminate research questions in engineering, finance, the humanities, or public health).

Spring 2021 Presentations

Tuesday 11 May

1:05    Socially Distanced

1:25    The Molar Bears

1:45    Misinformation Gone Viral

2:05 - 2:15    Break

2:15    Computer OCTOmetry

2:35    Younger Research

2:55    Innovation Nation

Wednesday 12 May

10:05    The OSeas

10:25    Spade's Spades

10:45    Bully Busters

11:05 - 11:15    Break

11:15    The Rolling Stones

11:35    NISTery Machine

11:55    It's Free Real Estate

Learn More

For further information about proposals, please consult the Spring 2021 proposal guide.

We request proposals for Spring 2021 projects be submitted by Friday, January 8, 2021.

To submit a proposal, please complete this form.

Please consult with the instructors (Fred Faltin and Mark Embree) before submitting a proposal. A conversation about project ideas often helps narrow the scope, or select among potential proejct ideas.


Capstone Program Director

Fred Faltin

Associate Professor of Practice of Statistics

Director of Corporate Partnerships, Academy of Integrated Science



CMDA Division Leader

Mark Embree

Professor of Mathematics

Hamlett Professor, Academy of Integrated Science