James Madison University

Madison Engineering xChange

Celebrating a year of good through innovation, research and design

The Department of Engineering is pleased to present the xChange, an annual event in April that highlights student presentations, posters, and prototypes from capstone and research projects. The 2016 xChange will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on the first floor of the HHS/ISAT building.

Schedule of Events

PHOTO: Capstone

The Engineering xChange will showcase junior and senior projects from the Department of Engineering capstone experience.  The Department of Engineering capstone experience is a culminating engineering design experience that enables our students to address a real-world need through the application of a design process, engineering science, systems thinking, and sustainability perspectives. The experience spans a two-year duration (junior and senior years) with students working in teams of four to six students.  A typical design process involves:

  • Planning and information gathering,
  • Concept generation, evaluation, and selection,
  • Design embodiment and modeling,
  • Testing and refinement.  

In each of the four semesters of the experience, students are required to prepare a formal design report as well as deliver a formal presentation to faculty, student peers, and external constituents (sponsors, industry representatives, collaborators, etc.)

PHOTO: Captone



  • September 28
    Fall Career & Internship Fair
    Festival Conference and Student Center
  • October 2
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk:
    David Campbell of Boston University presents: Back to the Future: Recovering the Age of Wonder
    Highlands Room
  • November 13
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk: Henry Petroski of Duke University presents on the topics of design, success and failure, and history of engineering and technology.
    Grafton Stovall Theater
  • April 16, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Engineering xChange