Published: Sept. 9, 2016

MSU students help area companies on tech projects

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129, Constantinos Coursaris Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media office: (517) 353-3122

Nearly 20 teams of Michigan State University undergraduates are ready and waiting to help mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits solve their digital problems.

As part of the final course of their information technology minor, the students are required to work in cross-functional teams on real-world information technology projects. And they need some “clients.”

Professors Constantinos Coursaris and Wietske van Osch, who are teaching the course through MSU’s Department of Media and Information, say the students are capable of taking on a wide range of technology-related projects.

Each team will be composed of students majoring in business, media and information, computer science and engineering.

Proposals are now being accepted from area organizations for the fall 2016 academic semester, starting in September and ending Dec. 9. The ideal project is “hands-on,” with a well-defined outcome that can be achieved by three-or-four students in eight-to-10 weeks.

In past years, student teams have successfully completed many projects, including the designing and implementing of content management systems for the Lansing Old Town Business and Arts Development Association, and Tech Town, Detroit’s research and technology development park; a prototype for the Oakland County Mobile Services system to format website information for smaller screens on mobile phones; and creating a comprehensive social media strategy for Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub.

To submit a project for consideration, please contact Coursaris at


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