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The Best Online Engineering Courses

Engineering is all about efficiency, and what could be more efficient than learning a course online in a way that fits your lifestyle? Some courses are more expensive than others, but others are free. Here are five of the best courses in engineering that you can take online.

Johns Hopkins University Online Engineering Degree

This fully online degree program can be taken in your choice of discipline. The options include:

• Applied biomedical engineering • Electrical and computer engineering • Environmental engineering • Engineering management • Information systems engineering • Mechanical engineering • Systems engineering

The institution has been offering online courses since 2001, and has consistently ranked highly for student satisfaction, so it can be relied upon for high-quality instruction.

edX Leadership for Engineers

This course is a little different, aiming to promote the development of well-rounded engineering professionals with maximum career prospects. It’s a self-paced course that helps students to understand the importance and nature of leadership in a tech-driven world, as well as to define their own leadership goals and career choices. It’s one of the best personal development courses for engineering students available.

edX is a collaborative online institution that draws upon the expertise of MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other respected universities.

The University of Alabama Online Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering

This program is pretty much the same as the on-campus version, and therefore includes some in-person components. The aim is to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including robotics, bioengineering, manufacturing and aerospace. There are 128 credit hours of coursework, with each credit hour being priced competitively compared to other institutions. In regards to the university itself, Alabama U ranks highly for student satisfaction.

Arizona State University Online Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering

ASU offers a fully online, bachelors-level electrical engineering program with multiple start dates. There’s also a flexible policy for transferring from another course. Unlike many research universities nationwide, ASU takes online programs seriously, and prices them accordingly. And based on its great student satisfaction rankings, it’s a good choice for many students looking to study engineering remotely.

The University of West Florida Online Bachelors Degree in Information Engineering Technology

The University of West Florida’s bachelors degree program in information engineering technology isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the best-reviewed options, based on student satisfaction surveys.

This course emphasizes the implementation, maintenance and modification of organizational and telecommunications networks, as well as distance learning initiatives, offering students a choice of which area they wish to specialize in.


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Capstone projects.

As a senior, you and your design team will design, engineer, and build a public service project selected by your class. You’ll determine just what the client needs, you’ll brainstorm designs, you’ll create design drawings and fabrication plans, you’ll engineer it to make sure it’s safe, you’ll build your project, then your client will try it out! Check out photos and web sites of previous projects below!

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Posters of Previous Projects  

The following are PDF files of posters of successful Senior Design Capstone Projects and Embedded Projects presented at the annual Projects Day held in May of each calendar year.

AY 2019-20 (May 2020)


AY 2018-19 (May 2019)

    3D Plasma CNC Machine (Partner-led project)     3D Printed Samples   (Partner-led project)     Anechoic Chamber-Tabletop   (Partner-led project)     Anterior Tilt Wheelchair   (Partner-led project)     Automated Bottling System   (Partner-led project)     Baja SAE  (Partner-led project)     Battery Swapping Mechanism   (Partner-led project)     Carton Forming Tool   (Partner-led project)     Corona Discharge   (Partner-led project)     High Pressure Testing Chamber   (Partner-led project)     Lift Gate Redesign (Partner-led project)     Mobile Loading Crane (Partner-led project)     Packing Line (Partner-led project)     Perovskite Solar Cells (Partner-led project)     PLC Bottling (Partner-led project)     Robotic Arm Material Handling (Partner-led project)     Seasoning Mixer   (Partner-led project)     Vacuum Conveyor   (Partner-led project)     VEB Stage - (Partner-led project)     WaterPurificaiton   (Partner-led project)

AY 2017-18 (May 2018)

    3D BioPrinter   (Partner-led project)     3D Sannner   (Partner-led project)     BajaSAE   (Partner-led project)     BajaSAE Suspension (Partner-led project)     Energy Harvesting   (Partner-led project)     Flange Fitting (Partner-led project)     Indexer-Conveyor Belt ( Partner-led project)     Poly Quarter Fender (Partner-led project)        Steering Angle (Partner-led project)     Towel Counter (Partner-led project)     Tube Finning Machine (Partner-led project)

AY 2016-17 (May 2017)

    Baja SAE   (Partner-led project)     Vehicle Bed Design   (Partner-led project)     Cookie Topping Device   (Partner-led project)     Electric Static Energy Harvesting (Partner-led project)     ElectroActive Composites (Partner-led project)     Implement Test Run Module (Partner-led project)     MRF Knee (Partner-led project)     NanoCooling (Partner-led project)     Nanotube Composites (Partner-led project)     Super Charger Test Rig (Partner-led project)     Vibration Energy Harvesting (Partner-led project)     Water Purify (Partner-led project)

    Resealable Can ( Experience-project)     Robot Arm Pedestal  ( Experience-project)     Trash Bag Stopper ( Experience-project)

AY 2015-16 (May 2016)

    Evaporative Cooler Circuit Stacker (Partner-led project)     Ford Transit Poptop (Partner-led project)     Formula SAE Drivetrain (Partner-led project)     Formula SAE Suspension (Partner-led project)     Full Layer Palletizer   (Partner-led project)     Nanofluidic Energy Conversion   (Partner-led project)     Press Brake Sheet Follower   (Partner-led project)     Standardized Box Quality Control   (Partner-led project)     Tremor Reduction Device   (Partner-led project)     UAV for Safety   (Partner-led project)     Vacuum Pick   (Partner-led project)     Wheelchair Power Add-on (Partner-led project)

    3D Cooling ( Experience-project)     AutoTee ( Experience-project)     Dual Compactor ( Experience-project)     Phone Grip ( Experience-project)     PVT Cooling System ( Experience-project)

Project Examples

More than 1,000 projects successfully completed.

Below are just a handful of recent projects.

Exhibits for the Orpheum Children's Science Museum (Champaign, Illinois)

During the 2018 spring semester, two teams of five MechSE undergradudates created two new interactive astronomy-themed exhibits for the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign, Illinois. “Asteroid Mine” and “Orphy’s Escape to Space” are first-of-their-kind projects for the Senior Capstone Design Program. The students were given full autonomy to conceive, design, and build the exhibits, and they collaborated with Orpheum staff and MechSE faculty advisors. The students created original, interactive, working exhibits over the course of a single semester.  We thank Phillips 66 for their support!

Hydraulic bike for the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

The goal of the 2018 spring semester team for the hydraulic bike project was to create a hydraulic system capable of powering and driving a bicycle for the National Fluid Power Association's vehicle challenge. Requirements include a power input, drive motor, a mechanism to store hydraulic power, and regenerative braking. The team produced a functioning treadle pump and hydraulic motor system with improved valving and consistent hydraulic flow. 

Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Competition: Additive manufactured excavator cab

excavator cab

Design of a Solar Powered Lemur Heating and Cooling System (for Johnson Controls and the Lemur Conservation Foundation)


Design of an ICU Bed Head Angle Measurement System (for Carle Foundation Hospital and Shell Oil Company)

ICU bed

Design for optimized heat flow across a bolted/gasketed interface (for Boeing)

Boeing project

Surgical pad control box design (for Innoventor)

Innoventor project

Bike helmet design (for Caveat Emptor)

Helmet design

Industrial burner redesign for reduced weight (for Eclipse)

Eclipse project

Bridge impactor design for fault detection (for Civil Engineering)

Bridge design

Cold aisle containment design to save cooling cost (for NSCA)

NCSA cold aisle containment

Design of an affordable human-powered water pump for Cambodia that utilizes local materials and manufacturing techniques (humanitarian project, sponsored by Shell)

Cambodia water pump

Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Competition


NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

Chainless Challenge

Design of a waterside economizer predicted to save over $2M/year in cooling costs (for NCSA Blue Waters supercomputer)

Blue Waters

SpaceX Hyperloop

SpaceX Hyperloop

To propose a Senior Capstone Design Project or to learn more, contact:  Damon McFall , PE, MBA Sponsored Projects Coordinator [email protected] or 217-244-6278

Damon McFall

Mechanical Capstone Engineering Projects

The following slides and videos were submitted by fourth year mechanical engineering student groups as part of their fourth year capstone design projects. , project videos playlist:.

Group 4: SolClean

We aim to design an autonomous mechanism to clean residential solar panels to increase their efficiency. 

Group 6: Insula Medical

capstone projects for mechanical engineering

Group 8: RiceNow Rice Maker

capstone projects for mechanical engineering

Group 15: KETOS

capstone projects for mechanical engineering

Group 16: Blitz

Electric cars are the future, but like your phone, they are a source of great frustration when left uncharged. We present Blitz, an automated charging system that handles charging your vehicle without manual intervention. 

Group 24: Drive Mechanism for Pulse Tube Cryocoolers

capstone projects for mechanical engineering

Group 25: Spizio

Cooking can be a chore at times, especially when measuring out ingredients. Simplify your life with Spizio, the automatic spice dispenser that measures out exact quantities of spice with the push of a button from your phone. 

Group 34: The Balanced Bikers

Teaching a child how to ride a bike is challenging and is sometimes unsafe for the child. Fear no more as we have developed a set of training wheels complete with a suspension system for sharp turns and a generous backrest for support. 

Group 43: CNC Steel Tube Notcher

Working with CNC steel tubing requires special equipment. We present the CNC Steel Tube Notcher, that cuts or notches exact lengths of tubing based your requirements. 

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of engineering and information technology, spring 2020 capstone projects.

What is Senior Capstone?

Below you will find a summary video and poster of this semesters Capstone projects. Each video is 2-3 minutes in length.

Lead-Instructor: Dr. Jamie Gurganus, [email protected]

Co-Instructors: Dr. Ruey-Hung Chen, Dr. Keith Bowman, Dr. Marc Zupan

Group#1 Engineers Brewery Consultancy 

Customer: JailBreak Brewing Co.

Team: Matt Nauman, Ethan Gazelle, Jesse McElree, Sanjay Mysore

To view Poster full screen click here: EBC-020-Poster

Group#2 390Engineering

Team: Conner Strang, Alex Ives, Bruce Jackson, Brandon Jackson, Devyn Morehouse

To view Poster full screen click here:   Group#2 Jailbreak Brewing Co – Poster

Group#3: J.Y.A.F.S Engineering Solutions 

Project: Improving Micromobility

Customer: Dr. Steven McAlpine, Assistant Director INDS at UMBC

Team: Abdul-Raheem Adeleke, Yasiru Bandara, Frank Coughlin, James Pak, Shyla Jones

To view Poster full screen click here: :

Group #4 JDECC

Project: Thermoelectrically Cooled Helmet

Customer: Dr. Tony Farquhar – Mechanical Engineering Department UMBC

Team: Dane Meassick, Cole Diana, Christian Traynor, Eli Davidson, Joey Davis

To view Poster full screen click here: :

Group #5 IMPS

Project: Sound Reducing Chamber

Customer: Dr. Tim Topoleski – Mechanical Engineering Department UMBC

To view Poster full screen click here: : IMPS-023-A Poster

Group #6 The Tripawds

Project: Dog Prosthetic Leg 

Team: Riley Delker, Nathaniel Valentine,Matthew Laulis, Hamzah Tariq, Kayla Markley

To view Poster full screen click here:

Group #7 4 Legs 4 All

Project:Dog Prosthetic Leg 

Team:  Christina Hoffman, Thomas Chaisson, Patrick Hannon, Catie Gottschalk, Aamin Haroon

To view Poster full screen click here:

Group #8 Team Forte

Project: Pocket Violin

Team: Jordan Armstead, Catherine Chonai, Helen Rogers, Nathaniel Zucker

To view Poster full screen click here: Copy of POVI #015- Poster

Group #9 Equilibrium 

Project: Global Engineering – Hybrid Pressure Cooker 

Customer: Dr. Marc Zupan – Mechanical Engineering Department UMBC

Team: Eric Goodman, Cameron Underwood, Miles Johnson, Jared Rodriguez

To view Poster full screen click here: Equilibrium Project Poster

Group #10 Human First

Project: Global Engineering – Open Fire Stove 

Team:  Binit Sainju, Ewnet Sisay, Naomi Gordon

To view Poster full screen click here:

Group #11 Phase Cool 

Project: Global Engineering – Cold Chain 

Team: Elyssa Ferguson, Gabrielle Magalotti, Sarah Sinnokrot, Jethro Ssengonzi

To view Poster full screen click here: Official FMSS-035 (Poster_Picture)

Group #12 Kinetic Artwork Spinner

Project: Kinetic Artwork Spinner

Customer: Professor Eric Dyer, Visual Arts Department UMBC

Team: Zachary Schulz, Cameron Kincaid, Yousef jabaji

To view Poster full screen click here: SPIN-025-Digital Poster

Group #13 3D Photogrammetric Scanning Rig

Project:  Photogrammetry Room enhancement 

Customer: Dr. Marc Olano, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department UMBC

Team: Mariana Bueno, Bridgett Redding, Brett McIntyre, Justin Saelens

To view Poster full screen click here: ENME 444 Poster

Group #14 Robo Runners

Project: Improving UROS Engineering 101 project 

 Dr. Chuck LaBerge, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department UMBC

 Dr. Jamie Gurganus, Mechanical Engineering Department, UMBC

Team: Kyle Kulp, Timothy Carter, Ross Welsh, Daniel Corteville

To view Poster full screen click here:

Group #15 Adaptive Technologies

Project: Automated Skee-Ball System For Children with Disabilities

Customer: St. Elizabeth’s School for Children with Disabilities, Ms. Colynn Furg ason

Team:Samuel Willits, Nick Fisher, Brendan Isaac, Edward Dulaj, German Bu 

To view Poster full screen click here: Adaptive_Technologies_Poster (1)

Group #16 Techy Treads

Project: Imani’s Modified Treadmill

Customer: VME & Ms. Imani Graham

Team: Renmar Sarreal, Jennie Le, Jason Vanisko, Rachel Kelly, Thuyai Ha, Jessica Boesch

To view Poster full screen click here: TT-029 Final Poster

Group #17 Trailer Iron Works

Project: Underride Crash Prevention Bumper for Tractor Trailers

Customer: Dr. Marc Zupan & Dr. Michael Duffy – Mechanical Engineering Department UMBC

Anthony Corretto, Engineering Dynamics

Dr. Bob Scurlock, Virtual Crash

Team: Zach Hall, Jackson Stefancik, Tracie Jones, Matt Dusek

To view Poster full screen click here:

Group #18  FISH+

Project: 3D Printer Filament Recycler 

Customer: Dr. Michael Duffy – Mechanical Engineering Department UMBC

Team: Yomiyu Fekadu, Derek Hovel, Ben Iannuzzi, Nehal Syed, Tom Thomas

To view Poster full screen click here: FISH+020-A – Poster Presentation

Group #19  RobotCart

Project: Automatic Robot to retrieve groceries

Customer: Dr. Jamie Gurganus -Mechanical Engineering Department UMBC

Team: Blake Prout, Sal Aslam, Jocelyn Wilkins, Susan Muzzey

To view Poster full screen click here: ROB17-A_Final Poster

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Best Capstone project ideas for engineering students

Best Capstone Project Ideas for Engineering Students

“Projects that we have completed demonstrate what we know-future projects decide what we will learn”

                                                                        -Dr. Mohsin Tiwana

We learn more from life from the things that we experience than from the things that we read in books and classes because theoretical knowledge doesn't give us practical experiences. That is why we need to do projects, and when it comes to doing engineering, then doing projects is must, I mean If you have put those 4 years of your life in learning engineering and its subjects then what is its use If you can’t work on a project by using and upgrading your project?

So, the next thing that haunts each one of us before thinking of doing something new is where to start from?

Well, then you are at the right place because here I am going to discuss with you some good capstone or let's say it some good capstone engineering projects that you can have a good time with!

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1. 3D Printer

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3. CNC Machine using Arduino

4. Project Management with Primavera

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Learn more about capstone projects

What is a capstone Project in Engineering?

A capstone project is the research work of a student for a year or more, in which the student selects a particular topic and does the required research by gaining information from all the possible sources that he/she can.

This lets the student in having a better understanding of the subject and give an edge over others because others have just studied theoretical skills but you have gone in-depth and understood the subject.

Practical experiences are always appreciated more than the theory because that’s where your real knowledge is tested.

Sounds cool! Right?

Now, let’s come to some best capstone engineering project ideas!

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Best capstone engineering project ideas

1. Home Automation Using IoT

Anyone who denies from the idea of automatically working homes is lying for sure because we humans are always super-duper lazy in doing households and keep looking for the easiest ways in which we don't have to work? Sounded Relatable?

Well, then we can make a capstone engineering project in which you can learn how to pair all your electronic home appliances with Bluetooth so that they can perform the given task on your own by one click or command by the simple IoT applications.

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2. Animatronic Hand:

What if you could create a machine that could be controlled just by your hand and finger gestures or facial expressions or a robot intimating animal.

Well, such robots are called Animatronic Hand!

These also imitate humans and animals.

This capstone engineering project will help you in understanding the making and working of this Animatronic Hand

By working on servo motors which will act as actuators with the design, fabrication and flex sensors,

You will also get to work with Ardunio Architecture and its programming

3. Smart Energy Meter using GSM:

The generation and supply of electrical energy are one of the widest used applications of electrical engineering.

This capstone engineering project is a great learning source for the students who want to go in the field of energy generation and control and talking about this smart energy meter then this is called smart because it keeps and gives the record of total energy consumed and the energy lost via sending SMS periodically so that the unnecessary loss of  energy can be avoided

This project also involves Arduino Architecture and its Programming. Along with it, you will learn about the electrical loads and measurement and the working and the application of the GSM technology.

4. Home Automation System:

Home automation is a kind of project you will always have fun working with, this project is unlike the earlier discussed Home automation project, as it has so much more to learn like the system framework of home automation, then you will learn about the Bluetooth communication.

That’s all? No dear, along with this you will also learn about the relay driver circuits and also about the 8051 architecture and its programming!

5. Solar and Smart Energy Systems

The solar energy obtained from the sun’s rays is a renewable source of energy and that’s the reason Solar energy and its smart energy generation are something which will never go out of trend, at least till the earth is getting sun rays in abundance.

This is one of the reasons electrical engineering is more persued and job secured as electrical energy is also used for the generation of energy in big plants and industries.

Hence, to enhance such energy generation skills and knowledge one must learn about the  Solar energy and smart energy systems.

This project will help you in the study of the IR sensors and its applications. You will also get an idea about the Solar and Smart energy system frameworks.

Along with it, you will learn about the working of the solar panels and the application of Ardunio Architecture and its programming.

6. Automatic Solar Tracker

As discussed earlier solar energy is among the most used and most in-demand resources, and automatic solar energy tracking is an important skill to learn because not only sunlight alone matters but also obtaining it from the right direction matters to make the most out of it.

And such Electrical project helps one in gaining more and more industrial exposure and giving one an edge over others.

In this capstone project, you will learn about the working of solar energy systems, along with it you will also learn about the photoresistors in the electronic systems and will have to work with Arduino Architecture and planning.

Learn more about Automatic solar tracker

7. 3D Printer

No doubt 3D printing is the future of every developing nation and as the technology will keep on going forward the demand for the people who know 3D printing will keep on increasing.

Therefore, knowing, understanding and practising 3D printing with a self build-up 3D printer will give you an edge over others.

By working on this capstone project, you can easily print out a 3D object from a CAD model. This course involves the application of Ardunio programming with additive manufacturing and the use of RAMPS Board, SMPS &motor Driver.

8. Smart Traffic Lightening Systems:

The traffic in the world is increasing as the population of the world is increasing.

Urbanization is on the rise and day-by-day different methods and systems are getting used to making things smarter and smarter.

So, it is the same trying to be done with the traffic lights. This capstone engineering project will help you in making smart traffic lighting systems.

Any kind of Ardunio, electrical, mechanical or mechatronic projects can be picked up as a capstone project like:

  • Automation with PLC
  • Persistence of Vision
  • PCB Manufacturing
  • Health Monitoring wearable

For more information about good capstone projects for engineering you may go on the links below:

  • Mechatronic capstone project
  • Raspberry-pi capstone project
  • Electronics capstone project
  • Mechanical capstone project

I hope you got some good capstone projects from this article. If you have any queries let us know in the comments section.

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All mechanical and materials engineering students are required to complete a capstone project in their senior year. Below you will find a list of past capstone projects from our engineering students.

2022 Fall Semester Projects

  • Modular Vibration Testing Kit for Vibrations Lab Course (PDF) Team Members: Michael Ahlers, Seth Madison Tyler Motzko  
  • Design of Complex Fluid Electrical Conductivity Cell (PDF) Team Members: Bradley Cripe, Garrett Gniazdowski, Gaspard Matondo, Scott Osborne  
  • Structural Optimization of Quadcopter Landing Gear (PDF) Team Members: Taha Etekbali, Jilian Sollars, Katrina Knight  
  • Convertible Home Gym (PDF) Team Members: Max Carnevale, Randa Richards, Kevin Hall, Michael Orengo  
  • IDC Spring Crimping Tool (PDF) Team Members: Aleni Burcham, Samuel Sowers, Alexander Smith, and Luke Lieghley  
  • Ocean Wave Energy Generation (PDF) Team Members: Cameron Slater, Ben Ferree, Daniel Ploss, Austin Shurlow

Past Capstone Projects

  • Micro Turbine Engine Design Competition
  • Additive Manufacturing Process Design
  • SAE Baja Competition
  • Fluid Viscosity Measurement
  • Folding UAV
  • Wheel Life Prediction
  • Dual-Plane Airfoil
  • Resonance Wave Power
  • Autonomous Aerial Remote-Sensing Drone
  • Serial Grinder and Imaging System to Create 3-D Images of Vertebrate Rich Sedimentary Rock Cores
  • Customizable and Low-Cost Water Quality Monitoring Platform for Grand Lake St. Marys
  • Robotic Football Competition
  • Wood Materials Project
  • Self-Learning Targeting System
  • Convertible Home Gym
  • Additive Manufacturing Welding
  • Programming & Optimization
  • Characterizing the Performance of a UAV for a Future Hybrid Powertrain
  • Configurable Bike
  • Mechanical Tester for Printed Electronics
  • Porous Testing Medium
  • SAE Aero Design Competition
  • Solar Splash Design Competition

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Senior design projects

Senior design projects (also known as "capstone" projects) are the centerpiece of the ME curriculum's professional component, allowing students to be involved in interesting, real-world activities. Each senior is required to complete this course. Capstone projects are each advised by a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member who works with the teams.

For more detailed information, please visit ME Undergraduate Advising Canvas: Capstone Page .

Without exception, all ME 495 projects must be team efforts. Teams must consist of between three and five students.

ME students working on EcoCAR

Project topics

Students can pursue their varied technical and professional interests through a selection of projects that include:


  • Human Powered Submarine
  • Formula Motorsports
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering
  • Engineering Innovation in Health
  • Industry-sponsored projects
  • Student-inspired projects
  • Faculty-guided projects

capstone projects for mechanical engineering

Capstone design projects allow students to experience the rigor and structure of a full-cycle design, including:

  • Problem definition
  • Benchmark studies
  • Concept generation and feasibility study
  • Engineering design analyses
  • Prototype fabrication and testing

Through the capstone courses, students learn to fully define a design problem. This includes not only a statement of the project deliverables and objectives in the layman's or client's terms, but also a full definition of the agreed upon functional requirements and constraints (quantified). In the case of the competition-based projects, the problem definition is based on the detailed rules and guidelines of the competition.

All of the capstone projects draw upon at least several fundamental engineering science areas and involve significant quantitative analysis often in the form of numerical simulation, typically preceded by approximate analytical solutions. Industry-inspired projects are carefully selected on the basis of the required fundamental engineering science areas and also to align with the core expertise of the faculty adviser.

All projects must include a written report. Although the form of the report may vary according to the nature and requirements of the individual project, all final reports must contain the following (or equivalent) sections:

  • Risk and liability
  • Ethical issues
  • Impact on society
  • Impact on the environment
  • Cost and engineering economics

Industry Capstone Program

Industry-sponsored senior design projects provide benefits for both students and sponsoring organizations. Students gain valuable experience from working within real-world constraints, while sponsoring organizations reap the innovations and insights provided by the project deliverables.

Past ME industry-sponsored capstone projects

  • 2020/2021 projects
  • 2019/2020 projects
  • 2018/2019 projects
  • 2017/2018 projects

Sponsor a project

  • For health-related projects, contact Kat Steele , Albert S. Kobayashi Endowed Professor
  • For all other types of projects, contact Jill Kaatz , CoE Industry Capstone Program Director

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capstone projects for mechanical engineering

All UCSB Mechanical Engineering seniors gain hands-on experience via the ME Capstone Project (ME189). Sample projects from recent years include: 

  • Microfluidic interface bonding tool
  • Human-powered concrete mixer sponsored by Engineers Without Borders
  • Autonomous data-collection oceanographic research vessel
  • Hydrocephalus shunt protection device sponsored by Medtronic
  • Helmet-mounted thermal imager with wifi stream for firefighters sponsored by FLIR
  • Magnetic tweetzers with oscillating field strength

Students work in teams under the direction of a faculty advisor to tackle an engineering design project. Engineering communication, such as reports and oral presentations are covered. We emphasize practical, hands-on experience, and integrate analytical and design skills acquired in companion senior-level core courses.

If you would like to sponsor a project, or would like to check what our students have created this year please visit our UCSB Engineering Capstone website!

For more information, please contact:

Tyler Susko ,  Capstone Instructor, Lecturer PSOE:  [email protected]

Thank you to our 2021-2022 Capstone Sponsors:

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Capstone Design Projects

Capstone design projects provide an opportunity for student to apply the knowledge gained in their courses for the design of a complete engineering system in and environment and manner similar to actual industry practice.

The Baja design project is a senior capstone design course where a student team designs an all-terrain vehicle to specific standards set by the Society of Automotive Engineers using a small engine for power. The students design, build and test the ATV in a year-long project that culminates in a major collegiate competition somewhere in the U.S. or Canada where at least 100 other universities from all over the world will meet to go through a rugged series of events including a four-hour endurance race over rough terrain.

EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series. As North America's premier collegiate automotive engineering competition, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

The Formula SAE® competition sponsored by SAE International® challenges students from across the globe to design and fabricate Formula-style race cars for the non-professional weekend autocross racing enthusiast and compete in international collegiate racing competitions to determine the best overall design, performance, cost, fuel efficiency, and production feasibility. Formula SAE® promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, management and finance.

Travel to Querétaro, Mexico, for eight weeks to earn nine credits toward your engineering degree by teaming up with Mexican students of similar disciplines and level, and gain industrial experience working full time on meaningful engineering projects with multinational companies in Querétaro. Student teams work under the advice of engineers from industry and faculty members from Mexico and the U.S. Local families provide room and board in a safe, healthy and friendly environment for a full cultural immersion. The program ends with a long weekend in Cancún.

Microgravity Research Team

Student teams conceive, propose, design, build and test their own microgravity experiment. The experiments are designed according to weight, safety and size constraints set by the course instructor. Teams currently conduct their experiments under conditions of microgravity using the WVU Microgravity Drop Tower or aboard a general aviation aircraft. They reduce and analyze their experimental results, and write a technical report to document their results. In past years, WVU Microgravity Research teams have conducted their experiments aboard a NASA reduced-gravity parabolic trajectory research aircraft.

Robotics capstone course consists of a multidisciplinary team of researchers mostly from Lane and MAE departments. The goal of the course is to demonstrate the ability to synthesize knowledge from their undergraduate education to design a robot (e.g., a planetary rover) that will meet specific performance criteria, such as size, speed, functionality, endurance, accuracy, efficiency, or other pertinent measures as determined by the project and the instructor. Robotics capstone course competes the University Rover Challenge conducted by the Mars Society

Competitions Highlights:

  • In 2014, WVU Robotics team won first place in four different competitions
  • In 2016, WVU Robotics took top price at NASA Sample Return Robot Final Challenge

For the past 20 years DBF Teams have been competing at annual AIAA Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design Build Fly events. The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamentals of unmanned aerial vehicle design, construction, and operation.

Flight Vehicle Design

The objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge and experience in design of a major aircraft component and evaluation through experiments or simulation of performance and design requirements compliance. Specifically, the objectives are:

  • Learn how to evaluate and respond to a given engineering design requirement for a major aircraft component.
  • Learn key concepts related to aircraft component design, development, and testing.
  • Learn basic organizational and communicative methods for effective engineering project management and product implementation.

Projects with Industry

This is a capstone design course taken in the senior year where teams of students are assigned to tackle a real problem in an industry or institution in West Virginia. It may involve mechanical design of a system, thermal design of a system, or an energy efficient design for a building or institution. This course was identified as one of the top 29 programs in the US for the inclusion of real world engineering into the curriculum. It is supported by the West Virginia Division of Energy.

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