What is Capstone Design?
Capstone Design applies the engineering sciences to the design of a system, component or process. The projects reflect practical industrial and mechanical engineering design projects or may involve a combination of both disciplines. Students choose the particular design project with approval of appropriate faculty. Design teams are organized. Each project includes the use of open-ended problems, development and use of design methodology, formulation of design problem statements and specification, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility consideration and detailed system descriptions. It also includes realistic constraints (such as economic factors and social impact).
Photographs from various stages of the Capstone program are found here.
- Industrial Engineering: Professor Thomas Cullinane
- Mechanical Engineering: Professor Gregory Kowalski
Our students' Capstone projects have created innovative technology products and next generation research instrumentation that have resulted in patents and licensing agreements. Read about recent examples.
A mechanical engineering Capstone team won the Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation from the National Braille Press for designing a low cost Braille embosser. For details see, the news stories from Northeastern and National Braille Press.
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