The Capstone Project


Engineering and Leadership combine to bring solutions to life

Consult with a technology start-up to identify the technical challenges, market opportunities and policy implications related to a new product launch. Partner with a Fortune 500 company to explore how a new technology, developed at Berkeley, could be applied to corporate objectives. Design, produce and test an actual device or system for applications in renewable energy, green electronics or other growing fields. The Capstone Project, a 5-unit course over two semesters, integrates your core leadership coursework with your chosen engineering concentration. In the Capstone, you join a team of three to five students, drawn from your cross-disciplinary cohort, to apply your knowledge and skills to actual industry problems, identified by industry partners.


Traditionally, rotoscoping has been a slow, intensive and costly manual task. Identifying if a pixel belongs to a foreground/background element is a trivial task for humans. This project addresses the problem by introducing crowd sourcing techniques. The Fung Institute team developed an android app for photo editing built on a low cost crowdsourcing system aimed at accelerating the process of rotoscoping.

While projections suggest 1 in 2 American adults will have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, by the year 2020, an elegant, effective solution to address this increase has yet to be developed. In this project, a separate rising trend has been leveraged to enhance the management of diabetes: the swift adoption of smartphones. Several companies have already utilized this trend to enhance diabetics’ lives by creating logging applications, sync-cables, and 3G-powered glucose meters.

It has been predicted that global warming will cause an increase of 1 to 1.5 meters in sea level for the San Francisco Bay in the next 100 years. This means that billions of dollars in infrastructure and investments will be under water within the next 50 years if nothing is done to stop it. 

Bio-inspired eight-legged robots demonstrate the capability to walk and run across a variety of terrains such as those found after a natural disaster. However, the survival of victims of those natural disasters depends on the speed at which these robots can travel.