University of Vermont


EE and ME Capstone Design

The importance of real-world experience

Seniors in the Electrical Engineering (EE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) programs work in teams to address complex and multidisciplinary problems. Capstone projects originate as statements of need from local companies and/or faculty research projects and are conducted with the direct, continuous mentoring by engineers and Engineering faculty.

From a company's perspective, a Capstone project offers the opportunity to work directly with seniors who are likely to be candidates for entry-level engineering positions when they graduate. Company engineers get to take a long-standing problem off the back burner and often consider the mentoring role a welcome addition to their more typical duties.

Students relish the opportunity to engage in engineering practice as preparation for work in industry and as application of the theory they have been learning. These real-world projects, which often involve teams of both EE and ME students, also allow Seniors to engage in teaching each other the fundamentals of their disciplines, an important and useful experience in learning and collaboration.

Course material related to design project fundamentals and the involvement of industry contacts add to the students' design education and strengthen links between industry and the School of Engineering.

Video Demonstrations of the Final 2013-14 Design Projects

 Project Name (Sponsor names in parenthesis)
Autonomous Flying Robots (MITRE)
Carbon Fiber Monocoque (UVM AERO)
Multi-purpose Camera Trigger (Pocket Wizard)
Nuclear Reactor Pump Flywheel Analysis (Hayward Tyler)
Snowboard Ollie Test Device (Burton Snowboards)
Snowboard Boot Tester (Burton Snowboards)
Built-In Self Test Functional Verification (IBM)
Canard Fin Deployment System (UTC Aerospace Systems)
HIPSTAR (UVM Rehabilitation Department)
Ambulatory Lung Monitoring Apparatus (The Vermont Lung Center)
Thermal Mass Flow Sensor (Numia Medical Technology)
Innovative Putter (BombTech Golf)
Frame Design (UVM Baja Team)
Solar and Wind Powered Street Light (UVM Clean Energy Fund)
ECHO Bubble Tower (ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center)
Universal Connection Vestibule (MMIC)

To start a Capstone Project

If your company or pending grant-funded project might gain by involving a Capstone Design team, contact SEED at Development of partnerships and project definitions for Fall 2014 is ongoing.

Costs of Capstone projects and other engineering design activities in the School are underwritten by UVM's Senior Experience in Engineering Design (SEED) program. SEED in part is supported by generous contributions from outside donors, including project partner companies.