Neumont University Congratulates 2017 Capstone Project Invitational Winners Tyler Berry and Kyle Kacprzynski
Neumont University, a university offering bachelor’s degrees in computer science and related fields, congratulates Tyler Berry and Kyle Kacprzynski as the winners of the university’s Capstone Project Invitational held on Friday, January 13 at the Salt Lake City Public Library in downtown. The two winners were chosen from five finalists out of more than 40 projects.
The Industry Award went to Kyle Kacprzynski (Cleveland, Ohio) who created “Mydi MIDI”— a live sheet music composer application that can utilize a computer keyboard and speakers or a USB-enabled MIDI keyboard. Kacprzynski will graduate from Neumont this spring with a bachelor’s degree in web design and development.
Tyler Berry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took home the Alumni Choice Award for “NU Code”— a competitive coding challenge website (think “Code Wars”) which compiles and executes code remotely. Berry will graduate from Neumont in March 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He plans to start his tech career as a software engineer at Google in September.
“Capstone is a senior project on steroids,” said Dr. Aaron Reed, chief operating and academic officer, “and perhaps the most intense and rewarding individual component of Neumont’s curriculum.”
In capstone projects, students imagine and develop a project from the ground up in 10 weeks on their own. By completing their capstone project, students prove they are ready to begin the pinnacle of Neumont’s project-based experience: Enterprise projects where teams of students work with industry-leading companies on enterprise-level projects.
“Our Capstone Project Invitational is an opportunity to showcase the best-of-the-best of our students’ creative and problem-solving acumen,” President Shaun McAlmont explained.
According to McAlmont, “This endeavor to create, build and fully execute at this level of competency is a fundamental piece of Neumont’s project-based learning curriculum and why Neumont graduates have the successful outcomes they do year after year.” He said referring to the 97 percent of Neumont graduates are employed in the field of computer science within six months of graduation with an average starting salary of $63,000.
Neumont offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and related disciplines in three years. Neumont was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003 to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering an accelerated degree that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum