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. We source project ideas from students, faculty, WFU partners (like clinicians from the School of Medicine), industry partners, government and non-profit organizations. We aim for each project to address real-world needs and deliver real-world solutions and impact. Entrepreneurial project ideas are welcome. We are no longer accepting project submissions for the 2021-2022 academic year, but we are happy to discuss project ideas for the 2022-2023 year with you.
What we look for in a project
When reviewing the projects ideas that have been submitted, we consider some of the following factors:
- Project Scope – is there clarity around what is being designed, and are the general requirements of the desired solution (the design) clear? Are existing solutions viable and if not, why?
- Project Complexity – to what extend do our senior engineering students have the technical skills to be able to tackle this problem?
- Project Feasibility – is this project able to be completed within our facilities, and within the capstone design project timeline?
Proposing a project
Would you like to propose a project?
Please review our descriptive design process document and fill out our online form. When proposing a project, please keep in mind the elements that we look for in a project; a project that aligns with our mission and goals will be more likely to be accepted. Once we review your submission, we will follow up with you to further discuss your idea.
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:
For sponsorship-related inquiries:
Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations