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Capstone and Senior Design Projects

Students explain their senior design project at Expo

What are Capstone & Senior Design Projects?

Our goal is to seamlessly facilitate the student’s transition from Oregon State to the engineering profession. All Electrical Engineering and Computer Science B.S. graduates complete a one-year course sequence that exposes students to the challenges of engineering design and project management.

As part of this course, students also learn vital “soft skills” (e.g. project management, documentation, etc.) as they design, build and test a product for their sponsor.

Watch videos of some past projects:


Corporate Sponsorship

Project sponsorship is only a donation of $5K. Your contribution will help cover some basic costs and support infrastructure at the School of EECS. If you are an INSPiRE Industrial Affiliate, your membership includes a project.

Course Organization

The Capstone Course/Senior Design is organized much like a new product introduction cycle:

  1. Concept Phase
  2. Product Phase
  3. Development Plan
  4. Design
  5. Prototype/Manufacture
  6. Test/Validate
  7. Documentation

Project Scope

The scope of the projects includes a physical prototype and appropriate testing. Ideally projects represent a complete system or product, integrating analysis, simulation, and software and hardware design as appropriate.

Sponsorship Process

Project proposals are typically accepted during summer, between June and September. If you have a project idea, let us know. The course instructors gladly review project ideas.

Each project requires a mentor. As a sponsor you have the opportunity to supply the mentor, giving you another opportunity to work with the seniors and evaluate their experience. Think of it as a nine month interview with the students on a project.

Team Assignment

Projects are not assigned. Students select the projects with the instructors helping to keep the teams appropriately balanced.

Sponsorship Benefits


  • Well-trained potential employees.
  • Impact student training.
  • Increase visibility.
  • Evaluate students based on their real-world experience.
  • Strengthen relationship with School of EECS.
  • Gives you the opportunity to evaluate students.


  • Gain real-world experience.
  • Experience career responsibilities.
  • Develop marketable job skills.
  • Evaluate corporate environment.
  • Make professional contacts.
  • Work with experts on real problems.

Propose a Project

For more information about Capstone & Senior Design Projects contact:

Tina Batten, EECS Corporate Relations, (541) 737-8613

Kevin McGrath , CS Capstone Senior Design

Don Heer, ECE Capstone Senior Design