A Berkeley Master of Engineering (MEng) capstone project can be a valuable resource, providing industry partners and/or faculty with a team of Berkeley MEng students for advancing existing product or research efforts, or exploring possible new directions. For faculty, projects might focus on positioning new technology for business translation or technology transfer, though projects can also be centered on early stage applied research efforts as well.
|University-Led Project||Students work with a UCB COE faculty member, usually on a topic related to his or her research. It’s possible that the faculty is also collaborating with an industry, academic, or non-profit partner on a mutually defined problem.||Primary: Faculty|
|Partner-Led Project||Work directly with industry, government, or non-profit partner on a problem defined by partner. UCB COE faculty acts as academic liaison.||Primary: Partner
|Capstone Experience Course||Students work in a two-semester course where the first semester helps build necessary skills and the second semester contains multiple projects, often interrelated.||Primary: Course Faculty / Faculty on advising specific projects|
Capstone projects are primarily technical in nature. Students will analyze the broader business issues related to the project through assignments in separate capstone integration courses. Projects may involve students across any of the engineering departments and they may be interdisciplinary projects.
Most successful project have advisors that meet weekly with their student teams and provide mentorship, technical advice, and any software and hardware resources or lab space required to meet the goals of the project. Many advisors have successfully used the capstone program for multi-year efforts, with projects started in one year continuing for one or more subsequent years supported by new teams of students with new project objectives, scope and deliverables.