Capstone Projects

Serve-Learn-Sustain supports a number of capstone projects every semester. This document provides some general guidelines about these projects. We aim to have affiliated projects in every school and we’re eager to collaborate with project teams! If you have a particular project in mind that you’d like to discuss – or if you would like SLS to help find you a project related to its theme, “creating sustainable communities” – please make an appointment to meet with us.  For a sample project, please take a look at the Team Highlight below, Fall 2018.


Team Highlight ISyE/SLS Fall 2018

This ISYE project team worked with SLS and Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA), a non-profit organization that picks up unwanted food from donors and delivers it to partners, who in turn distribute the food locally to those in need. The goal of this project was to optimize the organization’s delivery network to handle current capacity, and provide a model for sustainable growth.  Students working on this team were supported by SLS in using their unique disciplinary training to help create sustainable communities and engaged with SLS's priority issue areas (such as Community Health and the UN Sustainable Development Goals). Using routing techniques, the team analyzed SHA’s delivery network to maximize volunteer drivers’ time. Ultimately this project will provide SHA with qualitative insights as it continues to fight food insecurity in Metro Atlanta. This team worked with Dr. Michael Elliot and Dr. Darcy Mullen as Subject Matter Experts. These opportunities in cost reduction, delivery network optimization, strategic growth opportunities, and food waste reduction will help transform SHA into a data-driven organization with the capabilities to expand its operations. By collecting more food, wasting less of it, and best utilizing financial and volunteer resources, SHA will move forward in its mission to use “food rescue” for fighting food insecurity. ISyE students on this team drew on the key skills in their discipline and become more able to connect their academic and professional expertise to issues of equity and community health.

Team Members: Katie Pittelkow, Carson Hooper, Caroline Price, Benedict Spalding, David Zheng, Nihar Ullal, Neel Patil, Andrew Humphrey

Second Helpings Mentors: Myron Smith, Carlos Diaz (LEAD), Joe Labriola

GT Subject Matter Expert: Michael Elliot, School of City and Regional Planning

ISyE Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hackman; Examiner: John Van de Vate