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.
Benefits to sponsors
Customized opportunities to assess student talent and recruit for jobs
Low-cost opportunity for a fresh look at a problem
Opportunity for technical mentor to practice and apply leadership skills
Boost public awareness of your organization through student engagement
Build impactful connections within the UW College of Engineering
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
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
Department-based capstone programs
PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE
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.
PROJECT PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS
Approved proposals are presented, showcasing information about project requirements and scope. This information is used to determine student compatibility and team composition.
MENTOR ORIENTATION AND TEAM KICKOFF
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.
January - June
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Weekly team meetings take place between the student teams and mentors as project design and build processes develop throughout the winter and spring quarters.
FINAL CAPSTONE SHOWCASE
The capstone program culminates in events where student teams present their projects, explain their work, answer questions, and demonstrate working prototypes.