Capstone Project Program

Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) major

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) Division invites partners for its Capstone Project course (CMDA 4864), a required senior-level class for CMDA majors.

In the Capstone Project course, teams of three or four students spend the semester tackling an open-ended, client-driven project. Ideally each team works on a different problem, so the class benefits from seeing the particular challenges that arise in a variety of projects. In addition to the technical aspects of the project, students are mentored in teamwork, project management, and technical leadership. Through the lens of their particular projects, the teams also consider the ethical aspects of data science and mathematical modeling. The CMDA Division seeks partners from business, government, and from the Virginia Tech community to serve as sponsors for our capstone projects. These projects should not be theoretical research projects within statistics or applied mathematics, but could be inspired by research questions from other disciplines (e.g., using data science to illuminate research questions in engineering, finance, the humanities, or public health).

You can also learn more about the CMDA Capstone class from this Virginia Tech video, showcasing the Fall 2018 team mentored by GE Aviation.

For further information about proposals, please consult the Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 proposal guide.

We request proposals for Fall 2021 projects be submitted by Friday, July 30, 2021. (Projects for Spring 2022 should be submitted by January 7, 2022.)

To submit a proposal, please complete this form.

It is often help to consult with CMDA Capstone Program director Fred Faltin ( or CMDA Division Leader Mark Embree ( before submitting a proposal. A conversation about project ideas often helps narrow the scope, or select among potential proejct ideas.

We appreciate your interest in Virginia Tech's CMDA Capstone program!

Capstone Program Director

Fred Faltin
Associate Professor of Practice of Statistics
Director of Corporate Partnerships, Academy of Integrated Science

CMDA Division Leader

Mark Embree
Professor of Mathematics
Hamlett Professor, Academy of Integrated Science