the capstone model

Our two-semester curriculum focuses on product development principles. Students are challenged to grow technically and professionally in a mentored learning environment. Building on prior classroom learning and experiences, students engage in real-world projects specified and supported by industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and humanitarian organizations. Sponsors benefit from the creative energy of senior engineering students who identify market requirements, design, build, and test a prototype or product.

Defining Your Project

Throughout the year, External Relations Managers visit with industry professionals (sponsors) and solicit in-house design projects that they are willing to provide to our students. These projects are specified by the sponsor, with the desired end result (functional requirements) being fully defined by the sponsor.

Our model with Capstone is not to create our own projects for the students, but rather to engage students in actual projects provided by sponsors. When a project has real value to the sponsor, the students recognize the importance of the work they are doing and rise to the challenges incumbent in a two-semester engineering design challenge. 

Contact a friendly External Relations Manager to discuss your project ideas.

project types

IoT Devices

Product Improvements

New Designs

Test Systems


Proof of Concept

Computer Engineering
  • Embedded systems
  • FPGAs
  • Computer architecture
  • Networking
  • Programming
  • Electronic circuits
Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic circuits
  • Signal processing
  • Electromagnetics
  • Optics
Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomechanics
  • Design and Manufacturing/CAD
  • Mechatronics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Acoustics
  • Materials
Manufacturing Engineering
  • Tool and fixture design
  • Manufacturing expertise
  • Efficiency improvements
  • Production cost estimation
  • Design for manufacturing


Industry sponsors retain all rights to intellectual property developed during the project. Prior to beginning a project, all Capstone students have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to protect your intellectual property.

Public presentations are a key element in providing the necessary educational experience for our students. We encourage sponsors to file patents prior to presentations in order to enable a public forum. We work with sponsors to resolve confidentiality or proprietary issues prior to public presentations.

Students are mentored by experienced professionals every step of the way


Projects are two semesters, beginning in September and concluding in late April. Our External Relations Managers will work with you to develop your project proposal, which is finalized prior to August.We are always happy to discuss your questions and project ideas any time of year.


Sponsors play a critical role in the success of each Capstone project. We ask that each sponsor designate a liaison engineer to communicate with the team on a weekly basis for about an hour. This can be on campus, via web conference, or any other method that works for you.


The cost to sponsor a project is US $22k, payable as an educational grant. This includes up to $1500 in material costs for the team and covers the cost of the faculty coach and other administrative items.


Allyson Gibson
External Relations Manager
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lisa Barrager
External Relations Manager
Mechanical Engineering