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Graduate Directed Projects

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Graduate Directed project?

Graduate Directed Project replaces the thesis requirement in the MS-ACS program.  Over a two-semester period, students work with either internal (university) or external (business) clients to complete a project.  The projects are very close to a real world software engineering experience.  Students work in teams of three to five students, with a faculty mentor guiding the team through the entire software lifecycle.  Students experience all aspects of software engineering including interviewing a client, domain analysis, requirements gathering, specification, design techniques including UML and ER diagrams, use cases, paper prototypes, iterative development, and user acceptance testing.  In addition, students develop valuable communications skills and learn how to properly interact with a client and how to work effectively in a team.

Why do students have to take Graduate Directed Project?

The two-semester Graduate Directed Project is in lieu of the normal thesis requirement for master’s level programs.  Since our program is applied in nature and is designed to prepare you for the job market, engaging in a software development project better fits the goals of the MS-Applied Computer Science program.

What are students required to do in Graduate Directed Project?

Students are assigned to teams of 3-5 students each.  They are also assigned a faculty member to serve as their mentor.  Projects are assigned to each team, and students normally are involved in all steps of a software development project, from gathering requirements from the client to deploying the finished product.

Can students pick their own teams?

A faculty committee assigns students to teams.  Students may request to work with certain students, but there is no guarantee that their request will be honored.  Many factors must be considered when teams are formed, including the balance of expertise and the background of the students involved.

Can a student suggest a project?

Anyone can suggest a project for a graduate directed project team.  However, the proposal must be in written form and must supply sufficient detail for the faculty committee to make a decision.

What if a team starts on their project in the spring and some team members are planning to continue in the summer, but others do not want to attend during the summer and want to wait until fall to complete the project.

When teams are initially assigned, we make every effort to ensure that all team members have the same completion date in mind.  If circumstances change, and some team members want to complete in the summer, with others completing in the fall, we will work out a solution.  No student will be forced to attend in the summer, or to wait until fall, for completion of the project.

How are clients chosen?

We solicit clients from our own department, from other offices in the university, and from companies and businesses off-campus.  Potential clients submit a proposal, and a faculty committee selects those proposals that seem to be suitable for a Graduate Directed Project team.

 

List Of Projects

Fall 2013

Presentation Feedback

Starting Trimester

Summer 2013

Project Client

Theo Ross

Project Mentor

Dr. Na Li

Team Members

Gautham Goalla
Phani Kumar Kodavati
Krishnacharan Muduganti
Nyruthi Pachika
Saba Sultana

Safe Rides

Starting Trimester

Summer 2013

Project Client

Monica McCollough

Project Mentor

Mrs.Sarah Park

Team Members

Abhyudaya Gurram
Raghu Varan Reddy Malladi
Praveen Kumar Reddy Narayana
Deepthi Nelavelli

ScholarLink (2nd iteration)

Starting Trimester

Summer 2013

Project Client

Stacey Helfery
Patti Schultz

Project Mentor

Dr. David Monismith

Team Members

FNU Mohammed Jawad Shafi
Nishitha Reddy Nalla
Santhosh Palla
Anusha Tumula

 

Museum Database

Starting Trimester

Summer 2013

Project Client

Charles McAdams

Project Mentor

Mr. Doug Hawley

Team Members

Poojitha Sai Alla
Sradhika Chinthapatla
Poojitha Kanagala
Prathyusha Ragireddy
Mrudula Yalamandala

Interactive Grading App(2nd iteration)

Starting Trimester

Summer 2013

Project Client

Pat Immel

Project Mentor

Doug Hawley

Team Members

Sravani Daparthi
Priyanka Dudgundi
Shruthi Reddy Gummadi
Pravallika Ponna
Diana Stephens

Summer 2013

Spray Chart Mobile App

Starting Trimester

Spring 2013

Project Client

Mr. Matt Johnson

Project Mentor

Dr. Philip Heeler

Team Members

Surya Teja Chittineni
Nikhitha Komandla
Sarah Park
Praneeth Sirivella

Spring 2013

MiWedding

Starting Trimester

Fall 2012

Project Client

Solstice (J Schwan)

Project Mentor

Dr. David Monismith

Team Members

Shravani Chigullapally
Krishna Sameera Kamma
Hey Krishna Bharat Karumanchi
Shravya Oddiraju
Pranitha Ramineni

Android Tablet Project

Starting Trimester

Fall 2012

Project Client

Ms. Pat Immel

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Rishab Dulam
Pradeep Akula
Krishna Dev Annamaneni
Jeevan Reddy Kandi
Raja Reddy Onteddu

NOAA/AWC Weather Planning

Starting Trimester

Fall 2012

Project Client

 Aviation Weather Centre/ NOAA

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Naren Divi
Bipin Tej Govindu
Avinash Yadav Madharavena

ScholarLink

Starting Trimester

Fall 2012

Project Client

Ms. Stachey Helfrey

Project Mentor

Dr. David Monismith

Team Members

Somasuryabrahmam Gutta
Krishnapriya Kommaraju
Rachel Divya Thokala
Kiran Sai Veerubhotla

Sustainability

Starting Trimester

Fall 2012

Project Client

 Mr. John Viau

Project Mentor

Dr. David Monismith

Team Members

Gowtham Alluri
Sneha Kankanala
Alok Shrestha

Fall 2012

Mentor Management

Starting Trimester

Summer 2012

Project Client

Ms. Polly Howard, Mr. Stephen Sutton, Ms. Brenda Untiedt 

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Sravanthi Cheera
Venkatesh Kala
Rahul Koppula
Venkata Ram Reddy Maltumeda
Vishwa Chandra Padaraju

Apartment Management

Starting Trimester

Summer 2012

Project Client

Mr. Michael Hardy, Mrs. Carolyn Hardy

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Ramakishore Ancha
Poojitha Pallay
Srikanth Pamidi
Phanidhar Paruchuri
Gautham Sura

Job App Manager

Starting Trimester

Summer 2012

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald, Ms. Jeanne Crawford

Project Mentor

Dr. David Monismith

Team Members

Manoj Kumar Bobba
Mudassir Ali Khaja
Vamshi Vangara
Sreekanth Vasarla
Karthik Vempati

Spring 2012

DUI Game

Starting Trimester

Fall 2010

Project Client

Mr. James Waller

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Rajesh Akinepalli
Sandeep Kumar Ankam
Mani Harsha Anne
Karthik Devulapally
Rakesh Rao Gadapa

Aviation Weather Service IOS App

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

 

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Venkata Jyothi Swaroop Gujjarlapudi
Harsha Kanagala
Sarah Peters
Daniel Swan
Satya Kishore Thomurothu

MyGYM

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Soltice Computing (Nikhil Akkiraju and J Schwan)

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Illia Khokholkov
Veera Venkata Pratap Moturi
Shiva Charan Reddy Muduganti
Dinesh Reddy Parne
Shyam Kumar Putnala

Academy Student Visual DB

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Dr. Sam Jennings

Project Mentor

Dr. Phil Heeler

Team Members

Subbaraya Kavuluri
Abdul Aleem Mohammed
Mythri Putta
Tejitha Sirigiri
Srinivasa Harsha Tatina

Room Scheduling--Liberty Center

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Ms. Amy Washam

Project Mentor

Dr. Phil Heeler

Team Members

Venkata Srinivasulu Batte
Vijender Reddy Chintalapudi
Venkata Satya Raghu Dokku
Jaya Krishna Gokul
Sravan Kumar Kande

Attendance Tracker

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Mr. Shawn Wake

Project Mentor

Dr. Phil Heeler

Team Members

Satyanarayana Sandeep Gattoju
Venkata Krishna Jagarlamudi
Dinesh Nadipalli
Srivatsava Sesham

Sustainability Management

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

 

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Manisha Ananth
Sai Susi Monika Bolleddula
Sravanthi Panjagutta
Kiran Rondla
Neha Sharma

Mentor Management

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Ms. Polly Howard, Mr. Stephen Sutton, Ms. Mallory Murray

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Mahesh Bikumalla
Sai Sandeep Edupuganti
Sindhuja Edupuganti
Shravan Kumar Reddy Gantala
Sivaji Nalamothu

Midland GIS

Starting Trimester

Spring 2011

Project Client

Mr. John Teale

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Karthik Chandra Amudha
Ram Prasad Belde
Phaneendra Brahmadevara
Vijay Kumar Vanam
Suchandran Vullengala

Catapult Project

Starting Trimester

Spring 2012

Project Client

Mr. Matt Motsick

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Manasa Chikatla
Sukumar Devireddy
Teja Puppala
Ramya Tejaswi Prattipati
Murtuza Syed

Another Solstice Project

Starting Trimester

Spring 2012

Project Client

Soltice Computing (Nikhil Akkiraju and J Schwan)

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Nargarjun Chowdermate
Avinash Dodda
Prudhvi Garikipati
Srikanth Kamepalli
Venkatesh Narla

Northwest Missourian iPhone App

Starting Trimester

Spring 2012

Project Client

 

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Hemantha Kumar Bandari
Srilazmi Ravalakola
Sai Sravan Kumar Mallapareddy
Vinay Venkayala

Fall 2011

AGym

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Soltice Computing (Nikhil Akkiraju and J Schwan)

Project Mentor

Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Purna Annapureddy
Veerendra Bhongiri
Spoorthi Charlakola
Sudha Rasmi Chittajallu
Ram Saran Vuppuluri

Meril Project

Starting Trimester

Spring 2010

Project Client

Julie Corrigan

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Mohammed Abdelrahman
Srilekha Bade
Sindhuja Dathrika
Tejaswini Makkapati
Manikanta Sanisetty

Baseball Spray Chart

Starting Trimester

Summer 2011

Project Client

Mr. Matt Johnson

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Sreevani Gaddam
Sirish Gitta
Prasanna Kumar Rajasekaran
Balaji Sunku
Abhijit Vanama

Student Management Team (SMS)

Starting Trimester

Fall 2010

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald

Project Mentor

Dr. Carolyn Hardy

Team Members

Sravanendra Bala
Jiachen Duan
Shravya Rao Gangavelli
Shruthin Metpally
Vamshidhar Reddy Pailla

Public Speaking Class Management Tool

Starting Trimester

Fall 2011

Project Client

Dr. Dave Shadinger

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Jaya Naga Tirumala Rao Boppana
Praveen Reddy Gajjala
Vishwanath Poodari
Srikanth Ramineni
Ganesh Veeramaneni

City Billing System

Starting Trimester

Spring 2011

Project Client

Marianne Unger

Project Mentor

Dr. Carolyn Hardy

Team Members

Nanda Kishore Chigullapally
Srikanth Reddy Patel
Sreenidhi Pooreddy
Naresh Surapaneni
Ramakrishna Reddy Vusike

DUI (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Aviation Weather Service IOS App (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

MyGYM (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Academy Student Visual DB (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Room Scheduling--Liberty Center (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Attendance Tracker (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Sustainability Management (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Mentor Management (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Midland GIS (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Spring 2012 trimester.

Summer 2011

Gym Class Reservation System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2011

Project Client

Soltice Computing (Nikhil Akkiraju and J Schwan)

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Purna Annapureddy
Veerendra Bhongiri
Spoorthi Charlakola
Sudha Rasmi Chittajallu
Ram Saran Vuppuluri

Gift-in-Kind Management System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2011

Project Client

MERIL (Julie)

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Mohammed Abdelrahman
Srilekha Bade
Sindhuja Dathrika
Tejaswini Makkapati
Manikanta Sanisetty

Baseball Spray Chart (see Fall 2011)

Work on this project continued over to the Fall 2011 trimester.

Legal Case Management Tool

Starting Trimester

Summer 2011

Project Client

Mr. Dan Smith

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Sravanendra Bala
Shravya Rao Gangavelli
Shruthin Metpally
Vamshidhar Reddy Pailla

Spring 2011

MINKWIC

Starting Trimester

Spring 2011

Project Client

Dr. Carol Spradling

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Ravali Bhagvath
Jiachen Duan
Prasanna Rajasekaran
Sankalp Sharma

Midland GIS (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Summer 2011 trimester.

City Billing System (see Fall 2011)

Work on this project continued over to the Fall 2011 trimester.

Faculty Information Database

Starting Trimester

Spring 2011

Project Client

Ms. Diane Hargrave

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling / Dr. Bill Siever

Team Members

Ravali Bhagvath
LeRoy Hall
Venkata Rajani Mahadasu
Shiva Nikhil Marru
Sneha Muppala

Fall 2010

DUI (see Spring 2012)

Work on this project continued over to the Fall 2011 trimester.

Livestock Rationing

Starting Trimester

Fall 2010

Project Client

Ms. Callie Walker

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders / Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Vijay Dantuluri
Ashok Dodda
Srikanth Gaikwad
Sri Vidya Pulli Gyaneshwar
Chandu Surapaneni

Alyoop Plus

Starting Trimester

Fall 2010

Project Client

Dr. Dean Sanders

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever / Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Vijaya Bollaram
Tyler Griesbach
Abhimanyu Gullapalli
Rakesh Gundapaneni

Portfolio

Starting Trimester

Fall 2010

Project Client

Dr. Michael Hardy

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever / Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Keri Crowley
Lakshmi Kalanidhi
Madhuri Pati
Benjamin Shinyambala
Sireesha Tammina

Student Management Team (SMS) (see Fall 2011)

Work on this project continued over to the Fall 2011 trimester.

Summer 2010

CSIS Job Application System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2010

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders 

Team Members

Prashanth Botta
Balakrishna Goli
Rahul Singh Joshiya
Nikhil Kasula
Sandeep Manda

Website for Women In Computing Conference (MINKWIC)

Starting Trimester

Summer 2010

Project Client

Dr. Carol Spradling

Project Mentor

Dr. Bill Siever 

Team Members

Rohit Kanwar
Navaneetha Mareddy
Ramya Muddu
Kalyan Punukollu
Meettu Rajendran Aneesi

Blackberry Application for Alyoop

Starting Trimester

Summer 2010

Project Client

Dr. Dean Sanders

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders 

Team Members

Bharath Ammanamanchi
Rakesh Kandekar
Vishal Mylapalli
Shikher Saxena

Spring 2010

Staff Evaluation System

Starting Trimester

Spring 2010

Project Client

Dr. Cleo Samudzi

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Spradling

Team Members

Shailendra Avva Venkata Guru Shesha
Beyza Aydar
Gopal Gard
Sireesha Gyara
Javedali Shaik

2D-3D Conversion

Starting Trimester

Spring 2010

Project Client

Dr. Kurt Haberyan

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Kotikiranreddy Annamreddy
Pavithra Karchala
Sunny Sounder
Hari Vasikarla
Sravan Veerapaneni

Meril Project (see Fall 2011)

Work on this project continued over to the Fall 2011 trimester.

Portfolio Storage

Starting Trimester

Spring 2010

Project Client

Mr. Michael Hardy

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Bharath Ammanamanchi
Rakesh Kandekar
Vishal Mylapalli
Shikher Saxena

Fall 2009

Website for Ward Performing Arts Network

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Tanna Ward

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

David Thomas Samson
Harika Gandra
Srikanth Elangovan
Ujjwala Lakshmi Devi Palem

iPhone Application for Alyoop Project

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Dr. Dean Sanders

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Nikhil Bhardawaj Akkiraju
Ramakrishna Ballari
Rajiv Govapudi
Sujan Kanna

Faculty Dashboard

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Shanthan Gadhe
Hima Bindu Indhukuri
Amrutha Konduru
Bharadwaj Vemuri

Website for Oneway Housing

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Mr. Adam Kneisel

Project Mentor

Dr. Micheal Rogers

Team Members

Praneeth Perna
Pavan Kumar Tallapragada
Vejella Satya
Pavan Kishore Ventrapragada
Mikhail Wilson

Data Conversion for Nucor, Inc

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Mr. Doug Hawley

Project Mentor

Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Prasad Addagatla
Pavani Chunchu
Vishal Konathala
Pujan Shrestha
Madhavi Vonteddu

Walking Tour of Campus--iPhone Application

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Dr. Dean Sanders

Project Mentor

Dr. Michael Rogers

Team Members

Laitha Praneetha Bhogaraju
Rabbani Burhanuddin
Thejasvi Manyam
Zahid Ali Mohammed
Mohammad Nabil Shaik

Student Data Retrieval System

Starting Trimester

Fall 2009

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Micheal Rogers

Team Members

Karthik Gangineni
Pavan Kumar Gorantla
Manohar Reddy Kacheru
Sampath Kumar Kunta
Sai Eswar Prasad Thunga

Spring 2009

Degree Plan Self-Advisement System

Starting Trimester

Spring 2009

Project Client

Mr. Scott Bell

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Gopi Chand Alla
Nikhil Nijhawan
Veera Venkata(Bhagavan) Taneeru
Veerendranath Duddupudi

MS-ACS Application Integration

Starting Trimester

Spring 2009

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Abdul Muqtadeer Mohammed
Shirisha Sriramula
Sravani Chamala
Tejkumar Garlapati

Fall 2008

Class Scheduling

Starting Trimester

Fall 2008

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Ernie Ferguson

Team Members

Rohit Korra
Somashekar Chowdary Nekkalapudi
Abdul Wase Hashmi Syed
Priyanka Yalamanchali

DB Builder

Starting Trimester

Fall 2008

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald

Project Mentor

Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Jui-Lung Cha
Robert Lydick
Dhiraj Kumar Potlapally

Summer 2008

Advisee Scheduling System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Krishna Reddy Kanuganti
Shyam Konda
Sameer Muvva
Krishna Peesari
Mahesh Thanji Subramanyam

Job Application System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Tobby Xavier Cheruthuruthil
Suryanarayana Kalidindi
VishnuChaitanya Kosaraju
Rajiv Kunishetty
Phani Bhushan Nagalla 

Class Example System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Shilpi Chattopadhyay
Sushma Chitrala
Zuhair Khan
Samuel Kola
Ramya Talasila 

MSACS Application Management System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald

Project Mentor

Dr. Merry McDonald

Team Members

Keerthi Gaggenapally
Deenapriya Rameshwaram
Janani Ravirajan
Sravya Reddy
Manasa Sajja

MSACS Current Students

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Dr. Merry McDonald

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders
Mr. Scott Bell

Team Members

Santhosh Kondapalli
Anil Kumar Reddy Mandepudi
Sai Swaroop Puttagunta
Aditya Sunchu
Subhash Vemuri

Class Scheduling System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Dr. Phil Heeler

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Sujan Anreddy
Ajay Bandi
Harisha Sravani Dodda
Kishore Kumar Reddy Kancharla
Raghu Ram Myneni

Degree Plan Self Advisement System

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Mr. Scott Bell

Project Mentor

Dr. Gary McDonald

Team Members

Mohammed Perur
Raghunath Sana
Priyatham Tatikonda
Prashanth Raj Velloori
Sandeep Yada

Batch Processing Java Programs

Starting Trimester

Summer 2008

Project Client

Mr. Scott Bell

Project Mentor

Dr. Ernie Ferguson

Team Members

Karthik Bodapati
Sai Praneeth Choppa
Praneeth Kallu
Suman Kandagatla
Sridevi Masabathula

Spring 2008

Database for International Students

Starting Trimester

Spring 2007

Project Client

Mr. Jeffrey Foot

Project Mentor

Dr. Dean Sanders

Team Members

Harish Kumar Raju Padmaraju
Pradeep Kumar Jangam
Rahul Maru
Sunil Saxena
Swapna Subbagari

Student Information Systems

Starting Trimester

Spring 2007

Project Client

Dr. Ernie Ferguson

Project Mentor

Dr. Ernie Ferguson

Team Members

Praveen Reddy Devaram
Krishna Prashanth Inuganti
Rakesh Jana
Shoaib Mohammed
Nagababu Tirumalaraju