Senior Capstone Design Projects

The highlight of many undergraduate engineering students’ educations, capstone projects allow senior students the opportunity to work in teams to tackle real world applied research and design projects for sponsoring clients.

See the websites for present and past projects here.

Scope of work

Projects are initiated in the fall semester and concluded in early May. Student teams present their work at the college’s annual Undergraduate Research and Design symposium. If appropriate, the team may also deliver a prototype, design plans, or a completed product.

Get involved, sponsor a team

As a company, member of the community, or individual, we look to you to help propose projects. Your proposals give students a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity on problems you would like to see addressed, while fostering relationships with potential employees.

A brief description, including the knowledge and skills needed of the proposed project, is due on September 1. You will be notified if your project is chosen in late September.

Projects should include opportunities for students to:

  • learn and apply new technical or interdisciplinary skills
  • analyze and make trade-offs
  • incorporate contemporary issues
  • apply project management methods

Sponsor commitment details

As a sponsor, you:

  • must be committed to providing a learning experience and be willing to communicate on a regular and timely basis with your student team
  • are asked to fund the direct costs of the project that include material and manufacturing costs, specialized software, hardware or equipment costs, and student travel expenses
  • are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations to our Senior Design Foundation Fund (which is used to enhance our Design4Practice program) and finance a limited number of non-commercial capstone projects (e.g. a community service projects or design competitions)


If you or your organization desires to have a team of NAU seniors work on your project, please contact:

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Otte
Assistant Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Phone: 928-523-0876