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).
    January-March Students, faculty, industry partners, non-profit organizations and governmental entities can submit project ideas.
    AprilTeams of 3-5 students select their top projects and form teams around one project per team.
    SummerProject teams are assigned faculty advisors. Partnerships and agreements with sponsors (when applicable) are finalized.
    Senior Year
    AugustStudents enroll in EGR 314 (4 credits).
    Mentor/advisor orientation and team kickoff.
    September-DecemberProject work, weekly meetings with mentors.
    JanuaryStudents enroll in EGR 315 (4 credits) and submit an interim report.
    January-April Project work, weekly meetings with mentors.
    AprilEnd-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:

Courtney Di Vittorio
Assistant Professor

For sponsorship-related inquiries: 

Laura Ziesel
Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations