Presenter Bios








Dean Knudson


Ph.D., Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1972

M.A., Mathematics, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1965

B.A., Mathematics, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1963


2020 - present – Retired, Emeritus Professor – NDSU

2004 - 2020 Associate Professor – Capstone Coordinator North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND

During the past 13 academic years we have had over 200 projects that were staffed by approximately 700 seniors and graduate students.  These projects were all externally sponsored by companies such as Microsoft, John Deere, IBM, ATK, ATC, Ericsson, Thomson Reuters, Bolder Thinking, Infinity Windows,        Inwerken, NISC, Honeywell, UGPTI, QBE NAU, Rockwell Collins, West Corp. and Noridian.

Received the Peltier Award for Teaching Innovation at NDSU in 2011(this is a university wide award).

Introduced international project options into our program in 2012 (Germany and Sweden) and in 2014 added Australia.  This was followed in 2019 by the establishment of an International Capstone Project Exchange where universities can be paired for project exchanges.

Received an Australian government Endeavour Executive Fellowship in 2014 and spent 5 weeks in Australia pairing Australian universities with US universities in order to establish international capstone exchanges between those pairings.

Received the Sudhir Mehta Memorial Faculty International Travel Award in 2015 and in 2016 traveled to Sweden and Germany to expand the International Capstone Exchange program.  Several new universities were paired with universities in the US in CS, ECE, ME and International Marketing.

Additional Authors:

Jeewani Anupama Ginige
University of Western Sydney

Steve Zahos
University of Illinois