iMasons is passionate about the future of the digital infrastructure industry. To help prepare individuals for future careers in this growing and exciting industry, we’ve implemented a number of programs, including a senior capstone project, to help graduating students enter the workforce with skills, experience, and knowledge specific to our industry.
How You Can Participate
Want to help us? We’d love to have your support. Here are ways you can participate:
- Graduating seniors who participated in the iMasons senior capstone project presented their final presentations via Zoom webinar on April 14, 2021 from 8-11:00 am Pacific. Anyone was able to join as an observer in order to provide support, feedback, and future opportunities.
- The capstone students are ready to be hired. Know of any job opportunities? Please connect with the students directly via LinkedIn to share available positions.
- Join us! We’re looking for mentors for future capstone projects. Read more about the role of the mentor and contact us at iMasons Administration to get involved.
Senior Capstone Project
Many bachelors degrees in Engineering, Architecture, Business and other disciplines include a senior project designed to integrate the students’ learning and focus them on a real-world problem. iMasons has developed a senior Capstone Project to have teams of students site and then design the digital infrastructure needed to support the specs and growth forecast of a mobile phone app. The program was piloted at Hampton University, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in So. Virginia, USA for the 20/21 academic year.
- Term 1: Develop a nationwide digital infrastructure architectural plan to support the latency and bandwidth requirements and the projected growth of a mobile phone app. Determine how many data centers are needed, where they should be located, and how big they should be. Identify candidate sites, evaluate them, and select specific sites to build DCs.
- Term 2: Design a data center on one of the selected sites. Develop site and floor plans, building elevation drawings, power and network connections, cooling approach, select all the necessary equipment, and develop CAPEX and OPEX budgets.
We encourage you to click each student’s photo to visit their LinkedIn profile. Our graduating seniors are entering the job market and would love to learn of potential job opportunities!
Met with the students weekly to provide guidance and encouragement
- Provide a team of 3 or 4 experienced executives to meet with and mentor the students weekly.
- When the students have questions or need information, the mentors connect them with iMasons members around the world who can answer their questions. Through this process the students must formulate their questions, plan the meetings, and connect with professionals world-wide.
- Provide a panel of executives from our industry to hear, provide feedback on, and evaluate the student’s mid-term and final presentations.
- Promote the project and the students, help them get jobs in the industry.
Hampton University Program
Hampton University is part of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium, a partnership of the Electrical and Computer Engineering departments of 18 Minority Serving Institutions, forming a super-department of 150 faculty and 2000 students. iMasons will be expanding the Capstone projects to more schools of the IEC in the 21/22 school year, and beyond. The Capstone may be delivered as a Masters level projects course, or a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) at some of these schools. Contact iMasons if your school wants to get involved.