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What are Capstone Senior Design Projects?

Our goal is to seamlessly facilitate the student’s transition from Oregon State University to the engineering profession. All undergraduates in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science complete a three-term course sequence (October-May) that exposes students to the challenges of engineering design and project management. This career preparation experience includes open-ended design, project management, quality project artifacts (schematics, code, etc.) and documentation, and production of a final prototype in small team environments.

These projects culminate in the high-energy Engineering Expo in May where students present their Capstone Senior Project posters and demonstrate their prototypes. The annual event routinely attracts thousands of people, including industry representatives.

What about online students?

In addition to the bachelor's degree in computer science mentioned above, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers a postbaccalaureate degree in computer science. This program's capstone project is one term long instead of three, and online students generally present their capstone projects to employers at a Career Showcase event in Portland during June and December.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, online students will be able to enroll for the first time in the bachelor's degree program, including its three-term capstone sequence. Further details will be provided as the degree rolls out.

We need you!

Each capstone project has at least one mentor. These mentors come from a wide array of backgrounds. You can be in industry, a faculty, working at a non-profit, or just a person from the community. The only requirement is that you care about the project and are willing to work with your student team for at least one hour per week for the project duration. You can have any skill level in EECS so don't be intimidated!

Videos of some past projects:


Common Questions

How big of a project can be done (Project Scope)?

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 that integrates analysis, simulation, and software and hardware design as appropriate. If you are unsure that your project is a good fit, we encourage you to submit it and we will reach out to discuss it with you.

Can my project use students from more than one major (mechanical, electrical, chemical, computer science, etc.)?

Absolutely! It takes extra planning and time but multidisciplinary projects provide great experiences for students. We need to know about your project as soon as possible so we can work with you get it set up. Submit your project idea ASAP!

What if I want a certain student(s) to work on my project or how do I help make sure my project is picked by students?

When submitting your project proposal, keep in mind the students bid on the projects (with the faculty keeping teams appropriately balanced). So do not underestimate the "coolness" of your project proposal. Your enthusiasm can be infectious! Students can see your projects ahead of time and will be able to 'apply' to your project. You can review these applications (at your discretion) and indicate preferences to the course instructors and we will take this into account.

When do I need to submit my project by?

All project ideas need to be into the system bt Sept. 1. 

What does a sponsorship entail?

We encourage everyone, including schools, non-profits, industry, the general public, research faculty, and others, to submit project ideas. For those who are able, we recommend a sponsorship as well. A $2K sponsorship contribution (small business sponsorship is $500; other organizations, please contact us). If you are an INSPiRE Industrial Affiliate, your membership already includes a project sponsorship.

Sponsored projects have the added benefits of additional guidance with in the program and brand recognition in the projects.



We would love to talk with you. For more information, contact:

Tina Batten, EECS Corporate Relations