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.
Capstone advisors can engage with capstone teams through one of the following project types:
- University Project: Students work with UC Berkeley College of Engineering faculty member, usually on a topic related to their research.
- University-Partner Collaboration Project: These projects are typically proposed and led by UC Berkeley faculty in collaboration with an existing industry partner. The capstone project could also be used to initiate a new collaboration with a faculty member in an area of mutual interest.
- Partner-Led Project: The Industry advisor sets the scope of work and direction, and the company supplies all resources needed for the project. The Industry Advisor would be the primary project lead, and paired with a UC Berkeley faculty advisor who would sign off on the project at its completion.
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.