Neumont University Announces Winners of Capstone Project Invitational

Salt Lake City, December 4, 2015 -- Neumont University, an accredited university offering bachelor of science degrees in three years, announces Emerson Shaffer and Scott Fries as the winners of the university’s second bi-annual Capstone Project Invitational.

Emerson Shaffer (Spokane, WA) took home the Alumni Choice Award for his project “Fracture.” Frustrated with the “canned” destructions in today’s games, Schaffer wanted to bring a more realistic approach to objects being destroyed. He created Fracture – an algorithm that allows for any convex shape to be broken apart without modification to the shapes’ underlying data—to give objects a unique destruction during game play.

The Industry Award went to Scott Fries (Clarksville, TN) who created “The Balance Engine – Android.” Pulling inspiration from the untapped Android market, Fries’ game engine allows developers to more easily create games for Android mobile devices.

Aaron Reed, chief operating and academic officer, explained Neumont University’s Capstone experience “is a senior project on steroids.” The two winners were chosen from the final five finalists from more than 40 projects.

Additional finalists included:

  • FuzzBuzz by Wayne Maree (Smallwood, NY): This 3D maze/puzzle game was created with JavaScript and requires two objects (light and a character) to work in harmony to complete levels.
  • Project Liveware by Mark Journigan (Toole, UT): Project Liveware is a tool for system administrators to install multiple operating systems to several computers at once.
  • Controlled Assault by Ryan Garcia (Modesto, CA): Controlled Assault is a real-time strategy game where two teams battle each other.

“It’s a busy time of year for everyone, which makes the caliber of these projects even more impressive,” said Reed. “Our students still have an additional week before finals and to get their projects ready for grading, so to have something showcase-worthy already is that much more impressive.” 

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