Sponsor a Project

By sponsoring a project, you help students take the knowledge they have gained in the classroom and apply it to the real world.

Partner with the ISyE department by sponsoring a project. Students work on these projects in one of two courses—the Undergraduate Senior Design Project course and the Analytics MS Capstone Project course.

Sponsor an Undergraduate Senior Design Project

Follow the link below to submit your Undergraduate Senior Design Project proposal. A faculty member will contact you to discuss each proposal and, if necessary, to revise the project scope to best fit the needs of your organization and the course.



If you need more information, please contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Lisa Miller at lisamill@umn.edu or (612) 625-7397.


Sponsor an Analytics MS Capstone Project

To submit an Analytics MS Capstone Project proposal, please fill out and return the application form. Once completed, email the application form to Director of Graduate Studies Bill Cooper at billcoop@umn.edu.



If you need more information, please contact Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Bill Cooper at billcoop@umn.edu or (612) 624-4322.


Undergraduate Senior Design Project

This experience involves a group of three to five students completing a proposed project. For 15 weeks, the group works with a faculty advisor and industry mentor to scope the project, perform analysis, discover insights, evaluate potential solutions, and offer recommendations.

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Analytics MS Capstone Project

During the third semester of their final year (September to December), graduate students work in groups of two or three on an analytics project proposed and sponsored by an industry partner. Each project has a faculty mentor and an industry mentor. The project concludes with a final report and a final presentation.

Graduate students will bring Master of Science-level skills in optimization, data analysis, statistics, regression, machine learning, data mining, and related areas to each project. Ideally, a project's scope involves students performing in-depth analysis of large data sets (provided by the project sponsor) and then using the results to support decision making, possibly via mathematical optimization methods.

Corporate sponsors are asked to provide a $5,000 gift to participate. These generous gifts are used to advance the educational mission of the ISyE department.

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