Capstone Design Overview

Welcome to the College of Engineering’s Capstone Design Program website. Capstone Design is the culmination of undergraduate students’ study in their chosen engineering discipline and is a required course. With private and industry sponsors participating through many of our departments, our students gain hands-on experience with projects that have real-world applications. We welcome individual and industry inquiries about this program as well as projects that match the discipline focus of our departments.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
  • ECpE Capstone website
  • IMSE Capstone website
  • MSE Design Projects
  • ME Capstone website

Capstone Contact

Mayra Ramirez , CIRAS Phone: 515-520-3101 Email: [email protected] .

Iowa State University

Projects Ending May 2021

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"They came up with a new approach that we’d not pursued previously. We’re taking one of their concepts further this summer, leveraging one of our Iowa State co-op students to get the idea market ready."

- Kevin Gaul, Pella Corporation

Student Projects at ISU

Several colleges at Iowa State University, including the College of Engineering, require every student to complete a capstone project to graduate. Many of these projects are sponsored by companies. A team of senior students work with the company to apply learned principles, which could include engineering analyses and design recommendations. Project topics reflect Iowa State’s various colleges and departments – e.g., mechanical, electrical, software, computer, industrial, agriculture, material sciences, or chemical. Projects may take place during one or two semesters and are offered twice per year (fall and spring semesters).

Typical capstone project areas include product design, machine design, process improvement and modeling, plant layout, new concept exploration, or data analytics. Students can access Iowa State labs and expertise of faculty as part of the project.

Iowa companies receive two significant benefits from their involvement in a capstone project:

To seek guidance about capstone design projects or to schedule a no-cost assessment, contact your Regional CIRAS Strategic Advisor or Project Manager Mayra Ramirez . Click here to learn more about the Iowa State College of Engineering Capstone Program.

Design Projects

Design projects for student teams.

The goal of the senior design projects is to provide materials science and engineering undergraduates with a practical and realistic senior design experience. The department has developed a program by which senior students work closely with industry leaders on real materials problems.

The objective of this design course is not only to learn and practice the methods of engineering design, but also to carry through with synthesis, testing and evaluation. This experience often provides students with their first opportunity to work with engineers in industry.


Course Structure

MAT E 413/414 is a two-semester course in which materials engineering students work on industry sponsored projects. Offered in both the fall and spring semesters, students begin by learning the fundamentals of engineering design and materials selection before teaming to address a real-world design problem. Working with a faculty mentor and project sponsors, teams collaborate to define the customer needs, consider constraints, develop and implement potential design solutions and test and evaluate the results. The projects culminate in a final written and oral report presented to faculty, industry sponsors, and peers. Some projects start in mid-October and end in early May and others start in mid-March and end in early December.

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A successful project doesn’t always involve making something, though it might. A potential project could be evaluating an existing or developing a new material or process.

All proposed projects should include an element of creative problem solving and iterative design, including analysis and recommendations for further optimization.

When evaluating a potential project, please consider the following:

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What is Involved?

In addition to a project description that highlights key objectives, constraints, and metrics for success, companies are asked to provide the following:

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The benefits to participating companies could include:

Benefits to Students

The benefits to participating students could include: 

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Examples of Design Project Abstracts

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__________ sponsored this project to develop a method to remove gold from the intensifier solution used to weatherproof their product. The process must be safe. The solution exiting as waste should have less gold in it than it currently does. It is not necessary to extract elemental gold for reuse/sale from the process but it is desirable if cost effective.

                                is sponsoring this project to characterize the mechanical properties of their copper-nickel-tin alloy as a function of heat treatment. In particular,                 would like Iowa State University to identify the ideal parameters to obtain complete microstructural homogenization. Iowa State University will characterize the mechanical properties by examining microstructure and obtaining hardness measurements. Heat treatment of the material has begun, and the group anticipates this portion of the experiment to be completed by the end of March. Upon completion of heat treatments, samples will be quenched in either slow-quenching oil or a brine solution and aged at various times. After this part of the experiment is completed, the material’s mechanical properties will be thoroughly examined with the final goal of identifying the ideal parameters for complete microstructural homogenization.

Information for Companies

Senior Design Handout

Project Information Information Sheet

For more information and questions, contact Martha Selby . 

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Project Vision:

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Managing senior design sites.

These are instructions for managing senior design sites.

Creating a Site

Giving a Team Access to Their Site

Add the New Project to the List

Add a link to the site to the Projects List .


  1. Senior Design Project Showcase

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  2. Project Proposal

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  3. Students to showcase capstone projects at Senior Design Open House

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  4. EE175A: Senior Design Project

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  5. Senior Design in the Time of COVID-19

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  6. Team Members (Rachel Ayor

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  1. SPUI Senior Design

  2. JetCat Afterburner

  3. Demonstration Nuclear Fusion Reactor

  4. Machinability of Ductile Iron Crankshafts Senior Design Project

  5. NCSU Senior Design Project

  6. ODU Civil Engineering Senior Design Project Spring 2008


  1. Projects

    These pages contain links to current and previously-completed Senior Design projects, organized based on the final month of the semester of completion.

  2. ECpE Senior Design

    Senior Design is a two-part, two-semester required course (Cpr E/E E/S E 491/492) designed to help students in their professional formation by providing a team-

  3. CS Senior Design

    Welcome to the website for Senior Design in the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University. Since the department has moved to a track system

  4. Computer Science Senior Design Projects

    Computer Science Senior Design Projects. 2023 Spring. 2023-Jan-SD1 ICPC-1; 2023-Jan-SD2 VetGo; 2023-Jan-SD3 QR Code - Digital Experience; 2023-Jan-SD4 ICPC-

  5. Capstone Design Overview

    Capstone Design is the culmination of undergraduate students' study in their chosen engineering discipline and is a required course. With private and industry

  6. Projects Ending May 2021

    May21-01: Interactive Secure Headset. May21-02: Immersive Experiences for Zoos and Aquariums (Virtual Reality / Full Stack).

  7. Engineering Student Projects

    Typical capstone project areas include product design, machine design, process improvement and modeling, plant layout, new concept exploration, or data

  8. Design Projects

    Student travel to the company and/or having company personnel visit Iowa State should also be considered. It is important for the company to commit an

  9. Iowa State University Senior Design Team sdmay22-03 Senior

    Senior Design Team sdmay22-03 • Senior Design Server/Client Development for Project Matching (Team 1). Project Vision: This project is aiming to streamline

  10. Managing Senior Design Sites

    Individual sites, one per project. Creating a Site. Using the role account, log into; Navigate to https://sites