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Timeline

Projects begin in late August and go through late April each year. Proposals are accepted year-round but must be submitted no later than July in order to have a project completed during the next Capstone cycle.
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Cost

The cost to sponsor a project is $22,000. Sponsors retain all IP developed during the project.
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Sponsor Role

Sponsors designate a liaison engineer to communicate with the team weekly. Liaison engineers monitor progress and keep the team focused on sponsor priorities.
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"It really helps us from a cost perspective not to have to manage all of it directly and yet get the benefit of dedicated time on projects."
Tyler Smithson, Safran

BENEFITS TO SPONSORS

  • Students provide FRESH PERSPECTIVES on your engineering challenges
  • You can make PROGRESS ON YOUR PROJECT with minimal input from in-house engineers
  • Get to know students with SPECIFIC INTEREST in your company and project
  • Help your company gain NAME RECOGNITION with top-notch engineering students
  • Provide mentorship to EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATION of influential engineers
  • GIVE BACK to BYU Engineering

WHAT YOU RECEIVE

BYU's Capstone program is renowned for its project structure and design framework. Students are tutored in all aspects of the design process, including not only technical aspects but also specific instruction in engineering soft skills such as teamwork, professional communication, ethics, and more. Students are mentored every step of the way, leading to thoughtful design, thorough documentation, and functional prototypes.

  • A team of 5-8 senior-level engineering students specifically interested in your project
  • A dedicated faculty coach who spends an average of five hours per week mentoring your team
  • The expertise of four instructing professors who teach the design process, lead design reviews, and provide valuable expertise to each team
  • An External Relations Manager who works with you to properly scope your project, follows your team, and advocates for you throughout the entire Capstone cycle
  • A full staff who perform all purchasing functions, arrange student travel, plan and organize events, oversee team publications, manage student trainings, and more
  • Capstone teams have full access to all undergraduate engineering labs and facilities. These include a full machine shop, rapid prototyping labs, computer simulation and modeling software, supercomputer access, materials testing equipment, and more.
  • Access to the expertise of all BYU engineering faculty and staff, who can provide technical insights to assist team members in the event of a roadblock.

STUDENT SKILLSETS

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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Aerospace
Automotive
Biomechanics
Design and Manufacturing/CAD
Mechatronics
Fluid mechanics
Acoustics
Materials
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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Electronic circuits
Signal processing
Electromagnetics
Robotics
Optics
Wireless communication
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MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

Smart Manufacturing
Augmented Reality
Tool and fixture design
Manufacturing expertise
Efficiency improvements
Design for manufacturing
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COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Embedded systems
FPGAs
Computer architecture
Networking
Programming
Electronic circuits

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TIPS FOR CHOOSING A PROJECT


Project Types

Backburner
Proof of Concept
Product improvements
Test Fixtures

Project Scope

In-house, you would expect to budget ~400 hours for the project

5-7 senior-level students
8 hours per week on project
~1200 student-hours

Project Definition

Measurable, defined functional requirements

Creative space to allow students to develop innovative concepts to complete design

Student Disciplines

Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Students are chosen from these disciplines based on project needs

Deliverables

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At the conclusion of the project, sponsors will receive a full, detailed report of the complete, transferable design and all hardware and software

Intellectual Property

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Industry sponsors retain all rights to intellectual property developed during the project. IP you provide to the team to work on the project is likewise protected.

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

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Due to the level of restrictions and regulations with ITAR-controlled information, Capstone is not able to do ITAR projects. We are often able to work with companies and agencies who work with trade restricted information by scoping projects in such a way that actual ITAR issues are circumvented.

Confidential Data

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While we do our best to protect your data, we do not accept any projects that involve classified information. We ask that you minimize the need to share confidential information and clearly mark all confidential information as such when working with your team.

View a Sample Project Proposal

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Humanitarian Proposal

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