Each year, during their senior year, engineering students are required to complete a two semester capstone design project that will require them to apply the knowledge gained in their program of study to solve an engineering problem.

The capstone design project is typically sponsored by our industry or government partners.

Each student in the team (typically 3-4 students per team) is expected to spend about 10-15 hours per week on the project.

Attributes Of A Good Capstone Project

The project will require:

  • Teamwork
  • Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Establishment of team goals, planning tasks, and meeting deadlines
  • Application of principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • Application of both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process
  • Addressing design impact in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • Communicating effectively solutions with a range of audiences

Benefits To Our Industry/Government Sponsors

  • Performing Feasibility Studies for New Designs/Products/Services at relatively low cost.
  • Opportunity to test and develop concepts and preliminary design before assigning internal resources to the project.
  • Identifying promising future engineers for employment at your company or a government agency.

Sponsor a Project


  • Machine Shop
  • Machine Shop

Students working on the capstone design projects will have access to

  • Machine shop (Hass CNC Machines, Manual Milling and Lathe machines, Welding, etc.)
  • 3-D CAD including SOLIDWORKS and AutoCAD, and 3-D Printing Labs
  • Engineering Analysis and Simulation Labs (e.g., ANSYS, Fluent, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Quartus II, LTspice)
  • Mechatronics and Robotics Labs
  • RF and Antenna Design & VLSI Lab (Cadence, BenchVue)
  • Thermal/Fluid and Hydraulics and Hydrology Labs
  • Materials Lab
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Labs

How To Propose and Sponsor a Project

All proposed projects must be submitted by August 1 of each year.

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