What are Capstone Senior Design Projects?
Our goal is to seamlessly facilitate the student’s transition from Oregon State to the engineering profession. All undergraduates in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science complete a three quarter course sequence (October-May) that expose students to the challenges of engineering design and project management. As part of this career preparation experience, our goal is for students to also learn “soft skills” (e.g. project management, documentation, etc.) as they design, build and test a team project.
Videos of some past projects:
Project scope is typically what you would assign one summer intern. Projects should be non-critical path. Ideally projects represent a complete system or product, integrating analysis, simulation, and software and hardware design as appropriate.
The Capstone Senior Design course is split into two sections: 1) electrical and computer engineering and 2) computer science. The course is organized much like a new product introduction cycle. This course culminates in the high-energy Undergraduate Engineering Expo in May where students present their Capstone Senior Project posters and demonstrate their prototypes. The annual event routinely attracts hundreds of people, including industry.
When submitting your project proposal, keep in mind the students help select the projects (with the faculty keeping teams appropriately balanced). So do not underestimate the "cool-ness" of your project proposal. Your enthusiasm can be infectious!
We are looking for real-experience projects. 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. Kindly keep in mind, while students have completed core classes, they may not have had taken as many electives.
Suggested sponsorship is $5K/project. 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.
- Well-trained potential employees.
- Impact student training.
- Increase visibility.
- Evaluate students based on their real-world experience.
- Strengthen relationships with the School of EECS.
- Gain real-world experience.
- Experience career responsibilities.
- Develop marketable job skills.
- Make professional contacts.
- Work with experts on real problems.
Submit your project before September 15 at
We would love to talk with you. For more information, contact:
Kevin McGrath, CS Capstone Senior Design
Don Heer, ECE Capstone Senior Design
Tina Batten, EECS Corporate Relations