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Program Aims

Exposing students to real-world engineering design problems is the goal of multidisciplinary capstone design projects. Students are given the opportunity to contribute their area of expertise to a real product or solution while interfacing with company liaisons, working with students of other disciplines, and receiving faculty coaching. Students’ learning is further enhanced throughclient design reviews, sharing of historical information, and contribution of domain-specific knowledge. Both students and companies benefit: students gain hands-on industrial experience andcompanies receive high-value solutions to practical problems. One of the primary learning objectives is to practice a formal design process. This approach incorporates the following elements into the program of study:

  • Problem Definition
  • Specifications
  • Concept Design
  • Detail Design
  • Prototype Build
  • Prototype Validation
  • Final Documentation and Recommendations


Further Objectives include the development of professional skills:

Developing professional skills to improve students' awareness of the engineering practice enhances the overall competence of students and provides lifelong learning skills including proficiency in:

  • Communication
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Teamwork
  • Professional Presentations
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Project Management


Capstone Project Overview


The capstone program includes a broad array of projects with something to meet everyone’s interests. Interested students should be able to find a project that piques their interest, helps clarify career goals, and provide a valuable industry experience to share with prospective employers. For a description of current and past projects, please see the projects tab. Three types of projects are offered:

1. lndustry-Sponsored Projects

  • Process and Equipment Design
  • Product Design

2. Social lnnovation and Commercialization (SIAC) Projects

An explanation of these different project groupings can be found on the capstone front paqe.


Capstone Course Sequence


The Multidisciplinary Capstone program follows a 6 credit hour sequence.  These classes are taken in the Autumn and Spring semesters consecutively:


For more information, please contact the appropriate program director whose contact information can be found under the Capstone Contacts tab.