WELCOME TO CAPSTONE

We are excited to partner with you this year in Capstone!

Brigham Young University’s Capstone course (ME/ECE 475 & 476) has gained a reputation as one of the finest mentoring experiences for students of its type in the country. Your role as a Liaison is integral to each student’s educational success and helps ensure positive outcomes for the students and for the Capstone course. With your help, we know that this will be a successful year.

2020-2021 Key Dates

Wednesday, Sep 9 - Capstone Kickoff 

Meet with teams (virtually) from 8-10am (MDT)

Meet with Instructors from 10-11 (MDT) (Tentative)

 

CAPSTONE OVERVIEW

The Capstone course is a two-semester educational program for senior students. This program enables cross-functional student teams from a variety of disciplines (Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical, and Computer Engineering) to work on real, industry-sponsored projects.

Each team is assigned a faculty coach and a liaison from the sponsoring company. Research indicates that students work harder and more creatively when their projects are authentic and of real consequence to a company. Over the two semesters, students are taught a structured product design process and are then given a chance to use this process to design and build real hardware.

The faculty coach and team develop a relationship with you as the liaison and come to appreciate the needs and wants of your company. Capstone is a course of study that includes class time, lab time, and independent work time as teams. Many activities that students participate in help them progress towards their goal of a solution for their project.

CAPSTONE TEAMS WILL:

  1. Create a team name and logo
  2. Maintain regular communication with the liaison engineer
  3. Develop a Statement of Work
  4. Gather information about market needs and conditions; determine required performance measures; articulate requirements for a desirable project (Opportunity development)
  5. Evolve the product from a general idea to a high-quality system architecture to include a detailed definition of the product concept including subsystems (Concept Development)
  6. Fully detail the concept’s subsystems and components (Subsystem Engineering)
  7. Integrate the subsystems into a working system and test it (System Refinement)
  8. Participate in design reviews
  9. Formally present their work
  10. Prepare a final documentation package consisting of all project information appropriate for the sponsor. This material will be delivered to the project sponsor at the conclusion of the project.

LIAISON ENGINEER RESPONSIBILITIES

Monitor Project Progress

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Maintain an Effective Relationship with Faculty Coach and Team

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Evaluate Project Results

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Provide Regular and Honest Feedback

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Have more questions? Contact an External Relations Manager.