Civil Engineering Capstone Projects:
Design and construct a footbridge: Students design all structural elements of a footbridge that meets safety standards and aesthetics requirements. They produce plans and specifications, cost estimates, and a construction management plan. Construction involves steel beam fabrication, concrete work, railings etc.
Develop a stormwater management plan: Working with a local municipality, students analyze stormwater runoff patterns and issues in a neighborhood. They develop a plan to redirect flows, add retention basins, underground storage, and rain gardens to reduce flooding and improve water quality. It involves hydrologic modeling, civil design, neighborhood outreach.
Plan and design a multi-use development: Students work with a local developer to plan and design all civil site elements for a mixed-use development with residential, commercial, and public space areas. The project includes road networks, parking, utilities layout, grading & drainage, lighting, landscaping plans and more.
Conduct a traffic impact study: Students perform traffic counts and analyses at an intersection or road segment experiencing congestion issues. They develop recommendations such as signal timing changes, turn lanes, road widening etc. to mitigate traffic impacts of a new development. Alternatives are evaluated and a preferred plan selected.
Mechanical Engineering Capstone Projects:
Design and build a Baja car: Students design, fabricate and test a small off-road vehicle optimized for performance and durability. It involves the application of mechanics, dynamics, materials selection, manufacturing processes, and project management. Components include frames, suspensions, engines/transmissions, controls and other systems.
Develop an assistive device: Students work with an organization that helps people with disabilities to design, build and test a prototype assistive device. Examples include wheelchairs, prosthetics, adaptive sports equipment, rehabilitation devices etc. It involves kinematics, dynamics, ergonomics, electronics, and human factors considerations.
Design and build an UAV: Students work in teams to design, build and test an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) for a specified purpose such as cargo delivery, precision agriculture, infrastructure inspection etc. Projects require applications of aerodynamics, structures, controls, sensors, autopilot programming, and FAA drone regulations.
Improve manufacturing process: Students partner with a company and analyze an issue in their production process such as excessive scrap rates, quality concerns or inefficient operations. Students develop and test solutions involving tool/die redesign, automation, robotics, lean techniques or other methods and measure impacts on key metrics.
Electrical & Computer Engineering Capstone Projects:
Develop an embedded system: Students design and build an electronic/embedded system to automate a process or prototype a new product. Examples include autonomous robots, home automation systems, data acquisition devices, electrical controls for machine tools etc. It involves microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, circuit design, programming, and prototype construction.
Design telecommunications system: For example, students plan and prototype a private radio network for first responder use or design and implement a fiber optics network on campus. Projects require topics like broadband technologies, networking protocols, antenna design, distributed computing, and project planning skills.
Develop an assistive technology device: Students work with partners to design innovative assistive devices leveraging technologies like computer vision, natural language processing, robotics and more to help people with disabilities. Examples include smart walkers, environmental controls through IoT, language translation devices etc.
Create VR/AR/Haptics application: Students prototype immersive experiences applying virtual/augmented/mixed reality and haptic technologies to areas like surgical simulation, industrial training, cultural heritage, scientific visualization and more. Projects combine programming, electronics, computer graphics and human-computer interaction.
Engineering capstone projects provide authentic, meaningful learning experiences that require integrating knowledge and skills from multiple courses to address real-world challenges through collaborative, multifaceted projects. By working directly with industry, non-profits or community partners, students gain valuable experience that bridges the academic-professional divide and prepares them for future success.