Smooth Your Transition to Industry with Capstone
Employers characterize Michigan Tech students as being ready “to hit the ground running.” Be prepared to put your best foot forward with the help of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Capstone program. One to two semesters before graduation, each student is required to complete a Capstone project, which can be fulfilled through either a Senior Design or Enterprise option. Choose from a wide variety of exciting projects to cap off your undergraduate career right and help you transition to industry. No matter what you pick, both Senior Design and Enterprise deliver a real-world engineering-design experience.
Our “Discover, Design, Deliver” philosophy is at the cornerstone of our Senior Design program, in which students experience the entire design process of a project as it would be in industry. Students enrolled in Senior Design work as teams on client-based engineering projects, under the consultation of a client representative and the direction of a faculty advisor. Our Department’s Senior Design experience spans a full year, by the end of which a team has delivered design reviews, a final report, a formal presentation, and an end product to its client. In Senior Design, you’ll learn more about not only design, but also the business of engineering, including
- Project management
- Intellectual property
Senior Design affords students not only solid, practical experience, but preparation for their first job. Past industry sponsors have included American Electric Power and Oshkosh Corporation.
Enterprises are student-led companies embracing rich experiences in engineering design, team building, project management, and end-to-end original product development. Just as in Senior Design, Enterprise teams work under the direction of a faculty advisor.
The program gives teams of students from varied disciplines the opportunity to work for several semesters in a business-like setting to solve real-world engineering problems supplied by industry partners.
Join one of the Department’s many Enterprise teams, and tailor your degree to suit your own interests. Our Enterprises work on innovative projects spanning a wide range of areas.
Automotive Computing Enterprise (ACE)
The Automotive Computing Enterprise (ACE) focuses on human-automobile interaction, developing and integrating hardware and software to change the user interfaces of automobiles for the better. ACE is currently developing an expandable platform that has the potential to be marketed and sold. The group purchased a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban that will serve as the prototype for the project.
Blue Marble Security
Blue Marble strives to improve the safety, security, and health of individuals through the thoughtful use of technology. The Enterprise provides rich educational experiences in engineering design, team building, project management, and original product development. Blue Marble’s culture fosters high professional standards, creativity, productivity, and a burning desire to learn. The main business thrusts of the Enterprise continue to be toward industry-sponsored research and development (R&D) and commercial product development.
Wireless Communications Enterprise (WCE)
The Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) specializes in wireless, optical, renewable-energy, and biomedical technologies. WCE works as a think tank, coordinating the interdisciplinary skills of the team to create innovative package solutions for companies looking to push their product lines to the next level. The Enterprise always welcomes new challenges from industry. WCE members also work as entrepreneurs, generating ideas that yield useful results for industry and consumers alike. Members hail from many majors, including electrical, computer, biomedical, and mechanical engineering; scientific and technical communication; and business.