Undergraduate capstone projects
Capstone projects are the highlight of many undergraduate engineering students’
educations, because they allow senior students with an opportunity to work in
teams to tackle real world applied research and design projects for sponsoring
clients. Scroll down to see how you can sponsor a project.
2013 Projects are complete and their websites are available for viewing
2012 Project websites document the projects we had for last academic year. The second project won a competition between the three Arizona universities. Congratulations to those team members!
WE NEED PROJECTS for Fall 2013 by September 1st. Consider helping educate students by providing a challenging project. See how below!
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 UndergraduateResearch and Design symposium, scheduled for April 25, 2014. If
appropriate, the team may also deliver a prototype, design plans, or a
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
- 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
- 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:
David R. Scott
Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science