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Capstone Design Course

The Capstone Design course is required for all College of Engineering and Computing seniors. This team-based experience calls on your interdisciplinary knowledge to manage a real-world engineering project from concept to prototype.

Real-world Learning

Capstone Design teams work on real-world, interdisciplinary challenges in partnership with project sponsors. Most projects cover two semesters, or 30 weeks except for computer science and engineering and civil engineering projects which last one semester or 15 weeks. The experience is a great way to develop and hone a number of professional skills.

Course Structure

The course covers integrated team work/project management, "voice of the customers," design specifications, design functions, design concepts, economic factors, concept selection and product architecture. The initial feasibility study, selection of the final design approach, and preliminary specifications are required.

Second half topics include design for manufacturability, ergonomic and aesthetic considerations, prototype construction and testing, fabrication and biological testing of tissue engineered constructs, statistical methods/design of experiments, ethics/product liability and social/environmental impact. The final engineering design is completed including specifications, drawings, bill of materials, including assessment of economics, and a working prototype. Written and oral reports are required.

Areas of Study and Faculty Coordinators

To learn more, please contact your program's faculty coordinator.

Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Abdel Bayoumi
Phone: 803-777-4185 

Chemical Engineering

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. John Weidner
Phone: 803-777-3207

Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Michael Meadows
Phone: 803-777-3614

Computer Science and Engineering

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jose Vidal
Phone: 803-777-7979 

Electrical Engineering 

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Roger Dugal
Phone: 803-777-7890

Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jamil Kahn
Phone: 803-777-1578