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Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design

Capstone Design

The EED Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Program opens a broad range of opportunities for engineering and non-engineering students. Authentic, industry-sponsored projects provide students the opportunity to apply their education and develop professional skills in real-world problem-solving.


Capstone Program Growth

Since its creation in 2009, the Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design offers an innovative option to senior engineering students from multiple disciplines. It has grown and expanded to incorporate students from many engineering departments, as well as business, industrial design, MBA, and humanities. The program has completed over 100 projects with over 50 sponsors involving over 600 students. The program recently partnered with the engineering sciences minor, resulting in an even broader diversity of participating students.

Contact Information

Please make sure that you are contacting the appropriate person; each version of the multidisciplinary capstone is administered by a different individual.

Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects 

Bob Rhoads
Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Director
Department of Engineering Education
E506 Scott Laboratory

Social Innovation and Commercialization & Product Design Capstone


Course Methodology

Exposing students to real-world engineering design problems is the goal of this program. And, students find this type of project challenging and fulfilling because they contribute to a real problem with a real company. Students’ learning is further enhanced through client design reviews, sharing of historical information, and contribution of domain-specific knowledge. 

Capstone Project Sub-Programs

Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design consists of various types of projects each incorporating different students and industry partners.


Development of professional skills:

Engineering Ethics
Professional Presentations
Professional Etiquette
Project Management

Learning Objectives

One of the primary learning objectives is to practice a formal design process. This approach incorporates the following elements into the program of study:

1.        Problem Definition

2.       Specifications

3.       Concept Design

4.       Detail Design

5.       Prototype Build

6.       Prototype Validation

7.       Final Documentation and Recommendations