MID students are required to select a capstone project, likely from their sponsor company and work closely with faculty and the Global Supply Chain Systems Laboratory (GSCL) researchers to deliver a high-value solution that is immediately implementable. These projects provide invaluable preparation for professional work where students develop a strategy and timetable for work completion. The faculty and GSCL team guide students through the research project process, establishing a timeline and expectations with the firm, suggesting areas to investigate, helping students refine a problem, pointing out relevant resources, imparting relevant technical skills and knowledge, and commenting thoroughly on iterations of work, from initial drafts to the final product. Students will give an initial presentation of their work to the GSCL team and faculty for feedback and improvement suggestions before giving the final presentation. The MID student brings a Return-On-Investment to the firm with new best practices and a problem solving skill set that goes far beyond graduation.
“The Capstone Project, has provided me with the foundation for the implementation of cutting-edge concepts, which will lead to industry leading best practices within my organization. The capstone project alone will have a positive impact of over $1.5M.”
Robert Graham | President, Engine Warehouse, Class of 2009
MID Capstone Project Overview
MID Capstone Project
2014 MID Capstone Project
“The Capstone Project on my company was probably the most rigorous activity I’ve ever pursued. Lessons learned, sharing the results with executive staff and local team members, then watching the best practice methodologies evolve into tangible results was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced professionally.”
Marty Naeger | Center Manager, Building Specialties, Inc, Class of 2009