TEAM-BASED,
REAL-WORLD
PROJECTS 


We're all about hands-on learning through project-based courses where students and faculty collaborate with companies like Nike, IBM, and Bosch to create solutions for their software needs. 

If you're going to succeed in the tech industry, you must know how to learn. And that's what a project-based curriculum teaches best.

The best way to learn to code is to code. 

Students progress through a project-based learning model.
From day one, students work on projects.

INTRODUCTORY 
PROJECTS

From your first day, you will learn in project classes. All freshman start in the computer science program, where you take general courses, including intro courses in each of the five degree programs. You'll also be introduced to project team methodologies right away. 

Explore:

  • Networking I
  • Business Information Systems
  • Object Oriented Programming

FOUNDATIONAL
PROJECTS

Now that you've chosen your degree program, Foundational Projects ramp up the intensity as you tackle small-scale projects in labs that are paired with core technology courses. 

Learn:

  • Software Engineering, Service Oriented Architecture, Open Source Development
  • Game Programming, Engine Implementation, and Console Development
  • Scalable Web Apps and Web Services
  • Networking and Telecommunications
Projects increase in complexity and intensity as students progress.
Students see projects through the entire software development lifecycle in teams.
You'll define and solve problems using technology everyday.

DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS

Projects are now integrated into virtually every course you take. That means you'll be building complex web interfaces, 3D games, or network security models as homework. You're now defining and solving problems using technology - with all of those eureka moments.

DEVELOP:

  • Experience all phases of the software development life cycle.
  • Perform different roles from Team Lead to DBA.
  • Prepare for your Capstone Project.

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Finish up with a Capstone Project, which is a required individual project that you conceive, build, and present. It's where you get to show off all you've learned and prove you're ready to take on Enterprise Projects in your last three quarters. Capstone Projects aren't easy, but they're a great learning experience.

Innovate:

  • Direct your own project
  • Develop confidence and self-reliance
  • Increase your technical competence
Capstone Projects help students transition from directed learning to Enterprise Projects.

FRACTURE

LIVEWARE

FOX GROVE
INTERIORS

THE BALANCED ENGINE

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FRACTURE

Emerson Shaffer was interested in the destruction of how things break in video games. His project was inspired by his frustration with the "canned" destruction found in most of today's video games. The Spokane, Washington-native wanted to make breaking objects more realistic. With Fracture, he created an algorithm that allows for any convex shape to break apart without modification to the shape's underlying data; this means an object breaks different every time it is destroyed during gameplay.

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LIVEWARE

Mark Journigan is the poster-child for extracurricular involvement at Neumont. He has served as co-president of Neumont's Equality Club, a senator for Unified Student Government, and helped coordinate the school's participation in the annual Utah Pride Parade. He's been a Peer Leader and Resident Advisor, too. Before all that, he owned and operated a small computer repair business in his hometown of Tooele, Utah called "Liveware." His first business venture served as inspiration for his Capstone Project. Today Liveware is a tool for system administrators to install multiple operating systems on several computers at the same time.

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FOX GROVE INTERIORS

Blake Bishop came to Neumont because the accelerated program would allow him to get a job faster to support his growing family. His Capstone Project was created in collaboration with his wife, who is an interior designer. Fox Grove Interiors is a web application that connects interior designers to clients - making interior design more affordable and accessible.

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THE BALANCED ENGINE

Recognizing the need for a game engine to allow developers to more easily create games for the untapped Android market, Scott Fries dedicated himself to creating The Balanced Engine. The final product won the prestigious Industry Award at Neumont's Capstone Project Invitational. The academic coach remains humble about the recognition. Instead, he lights up talking about his experiences helping other students learn computer science.

MIND-CONTROLLED RACE CAR

KINESTHETIC MENTOR

DJ
CHOPSHOP

CAPSTONE PROJECT INVITATIONAL

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MIND-CONTROLLED RACE CAR

It looks like a Jedi mind trick. But Eric Carlson has created a program that allows him to drive a toy race car by thinking about it. His program uses an electroencephalogram to read brain activity. He admits driving the car takes a lot of concentration and effort. However, he took his brainwaves to the airwaves for a live local radio broadcast. Eric drove the car off a table much to the delight of the radio hosts and students attending the event.

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KINESTHETIC MENTOR

Ryan Miller's "Kinesthetic Mentor" could help you get the moves like Jagger. The program uses an Xbox Kinect to record and mimic movement. The application can also be used for fitness or physical therapy. The Beaumont, California native says he came to Neumont because of the hands-on, project-based approach to learning. "The accelerated program was a huge plus," he says. With a job as a QA Analyst at WorkFront, Ryan says he's extremely excited about what the future holds.

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DJ CHOPSHOP

Neumont's Giovanni Thomas prefers to go by Gio. And while many of this Denver-ite's colleagues are improving their people skills, Gio is at ease speaking to a crowd of people. So it's fitting that his DJ ChopShop is an application that makes a DJ out of anybody. His multipurpose interface can create and manipulate .wav files. The "chop" function allows the user to take out any part of any sound and save it as a different file. Meanwhile, the DJ interface allows users to mix beats and sounds into new songs.

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CAPSTONE PROJECT INVITATIONAL

Before entering their senior year, students prove they're ready for Enterprise Projects by developing a Capstone Project. This 10-week software development course requires a student to envision, plan, and create a software solution from scratch. Students have made apps, websites, game engines, and more in this course. Each year, students with the best projects selcted by faculty and staff are invited to present them to industry partners, alumni, and the public at Capstone Project Invitational.

Students participate in Enterprise Projects through their senior year.

ENTERPRISE PROJECTS

Now you're ready to apply everything you've learned by participating on real projects for real employers. You'll take on a variety of roles – from team lead to developer to analyst as you build and test software with the supervision of software engineers from companies from across the nation. Enterprise Projects are the proving ground where you'll implement everything you've learned and build a portfolio packed with projects for names like IBM, eBay, and Nike.

Think of it as a senior project on steroids.

Enterprise Partners: IBM, eBay, Nike, 1-800 Contacts, Workfront, Willis Towers Watson, Oracle, Pluralsight, Mura
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Neumont has run 530 projects with 112 companies all across the country.

Enterprise Project Partners:

ACS Alphora Arkona Ascendant Technology
Bosch CR England CA Technologies CHG Healthcare
Clearwater Analytics Digital Draw Network DirectPointe Dyno Nobel
eBay EDS Fidelity Investments First American 
FMGlobal Galileo Processing GTECH Guidant
Healthways HRP Distributing IBM IDS
inContact Infuse Medical Ingenix Interbank FX
Interknowlogy Intermountain Healthcare KnowlegeBlue Knowligent
LANDesk Lead Media Partners LignUp    Lingotek
MarketAxxess MaritzCX matchbin.com MediaRAIN
Medicity Mobitech Moxy Metrics Mpowering Networks
MWI Netsteps Nike Novell
Oracle OSDL Overstock Pluralsight
ProAce React Games RedBrain Labs REI Systems
Rentler Rubio's Restaurants Safe Banking Seamless Web
Silverlode Spillman Technology Stampin' Up State of Utah
The Modellers ThoughtLab TopVue Defense Towers Watson
Transcensus uGenius Ultradent Vehix
Verisys Wahoo Studios Wazi Web Workfront

WORKFRONT

WILLIS TOWERS WATSON

PLURALSIGHT 

THINK BIG 

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WORKFRONT

Since 2011, Workfront has partnered with Neumont on Enterprise Projects. The organization provides project management solutions for many major companies including Nike, Starbucks, Dell, and Sony. Most recently, teams have worked on product development, front-end development, testing, and quality assurance. On average, Workfront hires a Neumont graduate each quarter.

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WILLIS TOWERS WATSON

Each quarter, a team of Neumont College students present their code to the software developers at Willis Towers Watson through our Enterprise Project partnership. Seniors are assigned to different teams within Willis Towers Watson and spend up to 20 hours a week completing a development project during their final year.

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PLURALSIGHT

Pluralsight provides online learning for professional software developers, IT specialists, and creative technologists. Neumont has partnered with Pluralsight through Enterprise Projects to help the company prepare to host more learners on its platform and to understand how the influx of users would affect various systems within the company.

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THINK BIG

Think Big helps companies leverage the power of big data to make better decisions. On a recent Enterprise Project, students created data visualizations. The team built software that allows users to quickly research and assess data using birth and death records from across the country. In 2014, Think Big launched the careers of three NU alumni.

SPILLMAN
TECHNOLOGIES

IBM

DUBWARS

1-800 CONTACTS

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Spillman Touch

Neumont students built the Spillman Touch application, which runs on Java EE, to support the use of touch enabled mobile devices like: iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Android, and iPad. This project provides law enforcement and emergency responders access to critical databases on the scene where traditional devices aren't practical.

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IBM AIX Project

This project served as an opportunity for students to explore developing "web" utilities using Web 2.0 technologies on IBM's AIX operating system. AIX is IBM's implementation of the UNIX operating system and runs on IBM's pSeries Hardware. Web 2.0 technologies are designed to work across many different operating systems, including AIX.

IBM VMCloud Project

This project used IBM's Systems Director, VMControl, and VIOS to create an environment to support a mini-cloud. With that environment set up, the team created a software interface that allowed users to request a virtual machine on demand. The requested virtual machine would come with an array of configuration options including operating system, software, and hardware specifications for the amount of time requested. All this is managed, organized, and maintained by utilities written to interface with the IBM systems.

AIXPert Web 2.0 Interface

This project focused on developing a new security tool for IBM's AIX operating system, making changes to the level of system hardening, and the implementation of custom security rules. As part of this project, the team designed a database, GUI and contracts before any coding was done. This solid approach to understanding client specifications, coupled with careful management of team resources, allowed for multiple team members to work on different parts of the project at one time while well-defined contracts allowed for minimal plumbing issues between pieces.

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DUBWARS

Throughout their senior year, two Neumont students completed an Enterprise Project with Wobbl3 Entertainment, LLC. The project was bringing the shooter game, "DubWars" to PC via Steam. The game dev students graduated and launched their careers in technology with 3M Health Information Systems.

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1-800 CONTACTS

In 2016, a student team of developers assisted 1-800 Contacts in automating their QA system to ensure their websites look the same across browsers and devices. The student team worked in programming pairs to implement third-party tools in the existing framework while building out additional features.

PROJECT SHOWCASE

Students are encouraged throughout their program to show off what they have learned in the classroom, through Capstone Projects, during Enterprise Projects, or on their own. Twice a year, students, guests, alumni, faculty, and staff gather for Project Showcase where participants make the case for why they should win Ultimate Grand Champion for their project.

Learn more about our tech science fair 

Twice a year students show off what they've learned at Project Showcase.
Students participate in Enterprise Projects through their senior year.

entrepreneurs 
WANTED

Throughout Neumont's project-based curriculum, you'll make amazing projects. You may even have an idea so brilliant you're ready to make it your own business or product. We want to help you make your big idea a reality. That's why we've built the Innovation Lab and partnered with organizations across Utah to connect you with the resources you need to make it happen.

Learn more about Neumont's Innovation Lab 

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