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Industry Capstone Program

The UW College of Engineering Industry Capstone Program brings together UW students and companies to tackle real-world, multidisciplinary engineering problems. In ChemE, teams of students tackle projects in a wide range of fields, including:

Industry capstone sponsors will:

  • propose and sponsor a project to get a low-cost look at an engineering challenge you don’t have bandwidth to address
  • provide a student team with the opportunity to embark on a full-scale design process, resulting in a prototype or similar end-product
  • be able to assess student talent and recruit for jobs
  • get logistical and staffing support from the College, with a clear process for handling IP

For graduate students: Data Science Capstone Projects

Since 2017, ChemE has run a highly successful, data science-intensive capstone program through an NSF training grant. Students in this program learn advanced data science skills and apply them to real-world engineering challenges related to energy, health, and the environment.

Building off these successes, ChemE is now partnering with the UW College of Engineering Industry Capstone Program to continue offering data science projects to teams of graduate students. Projects will span Winter and Spring Quarters. Further, ChemE invests a level of faculty mentorship that you don’t typically find in capstone projects, resulting in higher-quality deliverables to your company.

For the official kick-off and pilot of our graduate-level expansion in the 2021-22 academic year, companies can sponsor a project at an introductory rate of $15,000. Project proposals are due October 1, with firm commitments required in mid-October. Learn more on the COE Industry Capstone website.

Past sponsors include:

  • Cargill
  • Enel Green Power
  • KPMG
  • Microsoft
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Optimum Energy

Read about our 2018 graduate capstone season >>

For undergraduate students: Senior Design Projects

"students work on prototype device"

We are seeking industry partners to sponsor student capstone projects that span winter and spring quarters. Our senior capstone program provides students with valuable experiential learning in real-world settings. Teams experience the rigor and structure of a full design cycle, and have tackled projects entailing techno-economic analysis, chemical production efficiency, and environmentally-responsible manufacturing processes. In return, sponsors gain new insights and the opportunity to interact with rising engineering talent.

Past ChemE capstone sponsors include:

  • Boeing
  • Membrion
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Sironix
  • Talking Rain