Sponsoring Senior Capstone Projects

Each year, the School of Engineering Technology launches a two semester Senior Capstone Project for our soon-to-be graduating engineering technology students. Capstone projects should allow them to integrate as much of their education as possible. Student teams tackle open ended real problems in a realistic setting. A stage/gate program management process is followed progressing from project proposal, conceptual design, preliminary design, critical design review, fabrication and test. In addition to the course instructor, each team is provided a faculty mentor to help guide the project. To satisfy the academic goals of the course, projects must have the following characteristics:

Required:

  • Be open ended requiring evaluation of multiple solutions
  • Be complex and challenging requiring innovation, out of the box thinking
  • Be on subjects just beyond their present courses, requiring self-directed learning
  • Have sufficient scope that would require a team approach

Desirable but not essential:

Be multi-disciplinary requiring students from more than one discipline for successful completion. For the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, all degree disciplines in technology are possible resources for project. These disciplines include mechanical engineering technology, electrical and computer engineering technology, computer graphics and visualization, computer and information technology, aviation, aeronautical, manufacturing, industrial, operations and quality assurance to list only a few.

Contact information:

If the idea of sponsoring a team with a project in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute interests you, contact Dr. Phillip Sanger, (765) 494-7497, or Dr. Fred Berry, (765) 494-8294.

Ideal Timeline:

Date Activity
Jan-March Identify corporate sponsors and begin to identify potential projects
Apr 15 Target to have projects identified and commitments made for upcoming Fall Semester Project Catalog
May 30  Deadline to have projects identified and commitments made for upcoming Fall Semester Project Catalog
Aug 1 Deadline for receipt of team sponsorship contributions for student class projects
Mid-August Projects will be chosen / assigned in the first 2 weeks of class and sponsors notified
Sept 1 Notifications of selected projects will be sent out
Dec 1 Semester project reviews occur during dead-week prior to finals
Apr Final project reviews occur during dead-week prior to finals
Apr 30  Final invoices for any additional project costs will be sent