Andrew P. Sage Memorial System Engineering Capstone Design Competition


April 29, 2019

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A


The Systems Engineering Capstone Design Competition is a student-focused international forum for the design of complex systems. The competition is a leading showcase for undergraduate and graduate (Masters) design projects, such as those from capstone design courses or from baccalaureate, honors, or design-oriented graduate theses.


Designs should demonstrate System Engineering skills and knowledge to perform all the activities associated with the "System Engineering V". Designs should include analysis of Context, Stakeholders, Concepts of Operations, Requirements, Design (including trade-offs of alternate designs), Implementation, Verification, Validation, and Business Plans. Where possible, model-based simulations and/or prototypes shall demonstrate the Con-Ops and be used to generate data for design trade-off analysis. Verification testing should be demonstrated. Validation testing and Business Plans are encouraged.


Projects sponsored by faculty, industry, and government are encouraged.



  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Energy & Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Social Engineering


    Keynote: 9am to 10am (Merten Hall 1204)

    Technical Sessions: 10:30 to Noon, 1pm to 5pm (Johnson Center, room D, E, F)

    Banquet & Shark Tank: 5pm to 7:30pm (Dewberry South)


    Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, DCWater, General Dynamics, IBM, LMI, Metron Aviation, MITRE, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and SEOR Advisory Board members

    Corporate sponsorship is invited. Please contact Sponsorship Chair Dr. John Shortle (



    One paper per track will be awarded the Best Paper Award. Awards shall be determined by a team of experienced System Engineers and Engineering managers from industry and government


    Awards are based on the quality of the written paper and the presentation. Quality is assessed by the demonstration of System Engineering skills and knowledge associated with the SE-V.

    Undergraduate and graduate student papers will be assessed in separate tracks.

    Teams interested in Entrepreneurship opportunities are encouraged to participate in the Shark Tank competition (in addition to the technical sessions).




    Thursday, February 28, 2019: Registrations due by 11:59 pm East Coast time.


    Thursday, February 28, 2019: Extended Abstracts due by 11:59 pm East Coast time.


    Extended Abstract must be between 750 and 1000 words. Extended Abstracts should include concise summary of the project including: Context, Stakeholders, Concepts of Operations, Requirements, Design (including trade-offs of alternate designs), Implementation, Verification, Validation, and Business Plans. Extended Abstracts may include preliminary results. Extended Abstracts must include Title and Authors Names.

    Click here to submit Extended Abstract


    Friday, March 8, 2019: Notified of paper acceptance.


    Monday, April 1, 2019: Upload completed conference paper manuscript by 11:59 pm East Coast time. All papers must be submitted in IEEE conference paper format and no longer than 8 pages.

    Click here to submit Final Conference Paper




    Competition fees demonstrate student intention/commitment to participate in the competition and must be paid at the time of registration.

    Click here to Register for the Conference


    QUESTIONS: see below


    General Chairs: George Donohue ( & Lance Sherry (
    Technical Chair: Tom Clemons (

    Logistics: Justina Hogue-Jordan (, Mary Poirier (

    Sponsorship Chair: John Shortle (