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Capstone Design Experience

Every University of South Carolina engineering student completes a Capstone Design project as part of their senior year experience. Student groups combine theory and practice while gaining valuable real-world work experience. Your business can provide the support needed to prepare the next generation of engineering and computing professionals.

Solve Your Real-world Challenges

When you sponsor a Capstone Design project, you have access to fresh thinking that can solve vexing challenges. Capstone teams in each discipline work with faculty leaders to develop a project plan that clearly defines end-user and sponsor needs, design objectives and constraints, and design the requirements and metrics to measure success. The teams then proceed through concept generation and selection, and design to produce a working prototype that is tested and refined to meet the project objectives.

Industry Sponsor Benefits and Deliverables

Student prepared work and deliverables can vary from program to program. Depending on the project, industry sponsors could expect to receive:

  • An opportunity to impact engineering and computer science curricula
  • A detailed report capturing the design, analysis, performance and alternative approaches considered during the development and design of the project
  • Source code, where applicable, such as the actual drawings, prototype programming, performance analysis and simulation software. (Learn more about Intellectual Property protections.)
  • The physical prototype (solution, discovery, findings or model) developed by the project team, where applicable, upon completion of the use of the prototype by team members (Some projects may be submitted to local, statewide, national or international competitions.)
  • Increased visibility in the field, recruitment tools and emerging engineering and computing professionals from which to recruit
  • Mobile, desktop or web applications or embedded systems built by our computer science and engineering students using the latest techniques and platforms
  • Access to an annual publication that includes the top five projects from each degree program
  • An invitation to the annual Engineering and Computing Capstone Showcase, where all ECCD teams present and display their products, prototypes, findings and posters

Sponsor Responsibilities

  • Provide funding for the Capstone project. The amount of funding will depend on the company size and type of project
  • Appoint a practicing engineer or computer scientist to serve as an industry proponent for the team. Your representative will work on the project, participate in design reviews, meet regularly with student teams, guide the project, and evaluate the final product
  • Agree to the sponsor-friendly terms of USC’s Intellectual Property policy

Become an Industry Sponsor

For more information about the Capstone Design Experience or to become an industry sponsor, please contact Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, Associate Dean, at or call 803-777-1845.