Carnegie Mellon University

Practicum Project

Real-World Industry Exposure for Bicoastal Students

Working alongside industry sponsors, bicoastal information security and mobility student teams at the CMU Silicon Valley campus tackle problems, pilot new ideas and develop solutions in a semester-long capstone project called the practicum.

Projects span a variety of topics in computing, mobile systems and security, and range from fundamental research to software development. In 2016, ten teams of bicoastal students built web platforms and mobile apps, analyzed user surveys, created novel research tools and made valuable contributions to the field.

View of earth from space

NASA

Contributing to the space journey from Earth’s surface, the team guided NASA’s mission-critical move to cloud infrastructure by investigating two cloud security tools.

"There is no single, magic security tool that will protect from every online threat. This means that education in information security is vital to protect against the threats of tomorrow."

– Hana Habib, 2016 INI Graduate

Students demonstrating the fling-to-display gesture at Google's headquarters.

Google

Imagine being able to point your mobile device at a display screen and fling content from your hand to the display with a flick of the wrist. Students teamed up with Google to explore this "fling-to-display device gesture" experience using Google Chromecast, connecting physical location and gestures to make devices better understand human intentions.

"It was very interesting to deal with something that is still being invented, a very challenging but also curious feeling. In my case, the best part of working with Google was experiencing rapid prototyping and receiving feedback from industry experts." 

– Caio Balthazar, 2016 INI Graduate

How It Works

3-5 Students Per Team

Matched according to skill sets and interests.

14 Weeks

During CMU's fall semester from August to December.

20 Hours Per Week

Logged by each student team member.