Capstone Design Projects

Real Solutions for the Real World


Grounded in a culture and curriculum that values the liberal arts and positive societal change, Wake Engineering students are uniquely prepared to tackle the real-world, multi-disciplinary engineering problems presented in the Capstone Design Projects.

Project teams of 3-5 seniors design and build innovative solutions that meet client, user, and stakeholder needs, with a focus on how their work positively impacts the human experience in the spirit of Wake Forest’s motto, Pro Humanitate. Yearlong Capstone Design Projects require students – under the guidance of faculty advisors and industry mentors – to think entrepreneurially, creatively, critically and ethically to develop functional prototypes not yet imagined. In their iterative quest to fill an unmet societal need, students dedicate more than 1,600 person-hours to each project, gaining invaluable technical engineering experience in team-based designing, project management, leadership development and professional communication. 


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    Junior Year
    JanuaryStudents enroll in EGR 313 (1 credit - Capstone Design I)
    January-July Students, faculty, .... can submit project ideas
    Senior Year
    AugustStudents enroll in EGR 314 Capstone Design II (4 credits).
    Mentor/advisor orientation and team kickoff.
    September-DecemberProject work, weekly meetings with mentors.
    JanuaryStudents enroll in EGR 315 Capstone Design III(4 credits).
    January-April Project work, weekly meetings with mentors.
    April/MayEnd-of-year design showcase.

Project Proposals

Wake Engineering students understand that tackling real-world problems requires diverse perspectives, including their own. Our Capstone Design Projects embrace this mindset by soliciting project ideas from many sources. Industry, government and non-profit sponsors may submit projects to meet identified needs, while students, faculty and staff may propose their own entrepreneurial ideas.

Propose a project or learn more about sponsoring a Capstone Design Project.

For More Information

If you are interested in proposing a project, mentoring our students or becoming a sponsor, we invite you to contact a member of our team.

For curricular, mentorship or project-related inquiries:

Hunter Bachman
Visiting Assistant Professor

For sponsorship-related inquiries: 

Laura Ziesel
Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations