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
To start a Capstone Project
If your company or pending grant-funded project might gain by involving a Capstone Design team, contact John Novotny at email@example.com. 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.