Capstone Design teams work on real-world, interdisciplinary challenges in partnership with project sponsors. Most projects cover two semesters, or 30 weeks except for computer science and engineering and civil engineering projects which last one semester or 15 weeks. The experience is a great way to develop and hone a number of professional skills.
The course covers integrated team work/project management, "voice of the customers," design specifications, design functions, design concepts, economic factors, concept selection and product architecture. The initial feasibility study, selection of the final design approach, and preliminary specifications are required.
Second half topics include design for manufacturability, ergonomic and aesthetic considerations,
prototype construction and testing, fabrication and biological testing of tissue engineered
constructs, statistical methods/design of experiments, ethics/product liability and
social/environmental impact. The final engineering design is completed including specifications,
drawings, bill of materials, including assessment of economics, and a working prototype.
Written and oral reports are required.
Areas of Study and Faculty Coordinators
To learn more, please contact your program's faculty coordinator.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Michel van Tooren
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Abdel Bayoumi
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Michael Meadows
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jose Vidal
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Karen Patten