Watson Capstone Projects is a collaborative effort between engineering companies, nonprofit organizations, and the
Watson School's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) departments.
Our multi-disciplinary students teams spend two semesters applying their technical knowledge and creative minds to real engineering problems.
Project teams typically consist of 3-5 of our Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering seniors.
Occasionally, other engineering seniors also participate in these projects.
Students work in cooperation with industry, other external sponsors and clients, and internal university organizations on these design projects.
They start by outlining specifications, proposals, time schedules, paper designs, and partial prototypes.
Teams meet periodically with their client to review designs, provide written and oral progress reports, and eventually give
a final presentation at the culmination of the Fall semester. During the Spring semester, students fabricate and test a final prototype.
Teams then deliver a demonstration and documentation of the functioning system to their client.
Evaluation is based on individual and team performance.
We invite engineering companies to sponsor a project for senior engineering students to work as a design challenge to their company’s benefit,
whether it be towards an internal goal or their own community outreach.
Non-profit engineering and civic organizations are invited to submit project proposals on behalf of other nonprofit client organizations.
We also welcome informal submissions from non-profit client organizations, as we may be able to line up a sponsor for them.
Please call or email us if you have any questions. Thanks!
Our student shops and capstone labs house all our project teams and the equipment supporting them.
Our main Projects Lab has a diverse array of benchtop equipment and work space for the majority of the teams.
The other labs and the Watson student shops have space for larger projects along with 3-D printers, and automotive, wood working, and metal working tools.
Our WCP Events
calendar shows due dates and events common to all teams.