Capstone projects are a hub for integrative, experiential, and team-driven learning.
The goal of each project is to develop a technical solution that addresses an industry, market, or social need. Over the course of two semesters, full-time and continuing part-time (in their last year of the program) MEng students will work in teams of three to five students, where they develop effective leadership, communication, and teaming skills. Teams will have support from an advisor as they progress through their capstone project. This experience provides students an opportunity to apply what they are learning to a real world project, with multiple stakeholders, while preparing them for their next career opportunity.
The annual Capstone Info Sessions is a special opportunity held in August for students to get more information about proposals that piqued their curiosity, and to experience how a typical recruitment and the application process works. This event allows students to meet and network with faculty, industry, and partnering organizations that have proposed a project.
Students pursuing the IEOR FinTech and IPES concentrations are placed on a project by their respective advisors.
There are over 150+ projects to review for students in the BioE, CEE, EECS, IEOR (except FinTech & IPES concentrations) ME, MSE, and NE departments. Students are strongly encouraged to review the final list of project offerings ahead of the Capstone Info Sessions in August, where they’ll be able to ask project advisors questions before the selection process.
July 31, 10-11:30am PT | MEng Capstone Info Session Kick-off
NOTE: We are not using BearX. Refer to the 2023-24 Capstone Info Session Schedule.
The Capstone program staff hosted an overview on how to prepare for the Capstone info fair sessions, and project selection process. We provided guidance and tips on how how to plan for the virtual Capstone Info Sessions. Additionally, insights from a faculty project advisor and MEng alums were shared. Please carefully review presentation slides and watch recording prior to August 7!
- View presentation slides
- NOTE: We are not using BearX. Please refer to the 2023-2024 Capstone Info Session Schedule.
- View video recording
- View sample of Student Project Preferences Form in bCourses located under Files. (this is an action step required after Info Sessions)
Virtual Drop-in Office Hours
If you have specific questions about Capstone, please drop-in to one of the times and dates below (all times in PT). Note: Waiting room enabled. Please be patient while we are helping students in front of the line.
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Friday, August 4, 2023
- 9am-10am PT (Claire): Join Zoom Meeting
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I work on a capstone project from a different department?
Yes, you don’t have to work on a capstone project that is based in your home department.
- What is the number of projects that I can submit as my preferred projects to work on?
As mentioned in our July 31 webinar, all MEng students are required to submit 4 project preferences due on Monday, August 14, Noon (form to be released on bCourses after August 10. You will upload 1 page PDF of your resume and answer two supplemental questions. View Sample Form in bCourses).
- What are my next steps after the Virtual Capstone Info Sessions end?
Please refer to Capstone announcement in the 2023-2024 Master of Engineering bCourses site for important required next steps sent on August 11 at 10am PT. Note: Full-Time and Cont. Part-time MEng (in their last year of the program) participate in the capstone matching process. Students pursuing the IEOR FinTech and IPES concentrations are placed on a project by their respective advisors.
- When will the final list of 2023-24 project offerings be released?
As of July 25, 2023, students can view the final list of full project proposals, including video recordings. Be sure to register for our July 31 Zoom webinar to learn more details on how to narrow your choices and how to prepare for the Capstone Info Sessions in August.
- How common is it for groups to involve students from different departments?
Often projects are interdisciplinary in nature and have students from different departments work on the project.
- Are students from other departments not listed under the criteria listed in column L of the 2023-24 Project Overview Marketplace eligible to apply?
We strongly advise filtering by your department first to see which project(s) fit within your dept. If you have a strong interest in a particular project that is not accepting from your dept, please reach out directly to the capstone project advisor(s) and seek confirmation if the project(s) would be a good fit for you.