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Cougars & Tigers Together (CATTs) Program

Program Overview and Expectations

Through CATTs, diverse teams of students from Clemson University and Washington State University (WSU) Everett will collaborate in a year-long, two-semester capstone project with the goal of developing a solution for a problem statement developed by The Boeing Company. These are comprised of students from multiple disciplines (e.g., engineering, computer science, communications, management, marketing, etc.) and are mixed between each institution. In addition to developing a technical solution, these multidisciplinary teams develop a business plan and marketing strategy to support product development. Student teams will also engage with younger students (K-12 and college) in their respective communities through various portals to promote STEM education and the value of education.

Clemson and WSU share collective strengths in engineering education, global reputation, and land-grant history, as well as their close geographic proximity to Boeing (Everett, WA and North Charleston, SC) and existing relationships with the company. Proximity to key Boeing suppliers and research partners such as Microsoft creates unparalleled access to ongoing engineering and advanced manufacturing innovations.

This year, CATTs will support a diverse team of eight students (four from each institution; two Engineering/Computing, one Business, and one from marketing/communications) mentored by a team of faculty from both institutions and representative(s) from Boeing. The student participants will be selected by the faculty leaders from each institution.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply engineering, business, and marketing principles to develop solutions that address stakeholder needs
  • Demonstrate effective communication with a variety of audiences
  • Collaborate on a diverse multidisciplinary team to develop and achieve mutual goals
  • Apply project management principles to a long-term collaborative project
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of diversity (culture, discipline, experience, etc.) in the design/development process

Timeline

TBD – Application deadline.

TBD – The project will begin with an in-person kick-off event in August/September 2021 in Everett, where the project teams will meet each other and learn about the project problem statement from Boeing representatives. Over the academic year, teams will work together with the use of remote collaboration platforms throughout the duration of the project.

TBD – The project will conclude with an event at Charleston/Clemson* at which the CATTs team will present its final deliverable to company, academic, and community leaders. The team may also participate in one or more business plan and/or pitch competitions hosted by Clemson and/or Washington, depending on the relevance of the selected project. Ideally, CATTs participants will receive special consideration for Boeing internships and/or job placement upon graduation. 

* Travel expenses will be covered.

Eligibility

  • As envisioned in its pilot year, this program will support a diverse team of eight students (four from each institution):
    • Two Engineering or Computing students (Engineering students will earn capstone credit through participation)
    • One Business student 
    • One Marketing or Communications student
  • Student participants will be mentored by a team of faculty from both institutions and representative(s) from The Boeing Company, and will be selected by the faculty leaders from each institution.
  • Preferably seniors graduating in 2022. Juniors are still welcome to apply.