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Industry Capstone Program

Benefits to sponsors How it works What makes a good proposal? Sample timeline

The Industry Capstone Program brings together UW students and professionals to tackle real-world, interdisciplinary engineering problems. Sponsors bring in projects from their organizations and provide support to teams of creative, talented engineering students who will design and build innovative solutions.

Work with us to develop the next generation of engineering leaders!

Help shape the future of engineering while also gaining new insights and fresh perspectives for your organization. 

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Benefits to sponsors


    Meaningful engagement

    Customized opportunities to assess student talent and recruit for jobs


    Creative problem-solving

    Low-cost opportunity for a fresh look at a problem


    Professional development

    Opportunity for technical mentor to practice and apply leadership skills


    Brand recognition

    Boost public awareness of your organization through student engagement


    UW partnerships

    Build impactful connections within the UW College of Engineering


    Commercial licenses

    Non-exclusive commercial license to any IP developed through project

How it works


Potential sponsors propose a project for review by College of Engineering faculty


Organizations commit financially to cover project costs and program fee

Team matching

Students are matched to an approved project and faculty mentor


Technical mentor meets with the team weekly for project duration (January – June)


Teams embark on a full-scale design process with help from technical and faculty mentors

What makes a good proposal?

  • Scoped for a small team of students, with design and performance criteria requiring appropriate analytical study on a topic directly relevant to engineering
  • Contains both a design and results phase, culminating in a specific project outcome
  • Reflects lower-priority real-world problems faced by your organization; mission-critical problems are not appropriate projects
  • Appropriate for entry-level engineers in their first or second year on the job
  • Primarily self-contained, but also integrates within a larger context

We strongly encourage projects that are open to all UW Engineering students, regardless of citizenship.

Sample timeline




Submit a two-page document outlining pertinent details of your project. This document serves as a starting point for collaboration with College of Engineering departments.



Approved proposals are presented, showcasing information about project requirements and scope. This information is used to determine student compatibility and team composition.



Sponsors are provided with a departmental program overview. Student teams are matched and announced, and may connect to sponsors prior to the start of the project. 



Weekly team meetings take place between the student teams and mentors as project design and build processes develop throughout the winter and spring quarters.



The capstone program culminates in events where student teams present their projects, explain their work, answer questions, and demonstrate working prototypes.