What is a Capstone Project?
A senior design Capstone Project can offer significant benefits to corporate partners. Improvement in manufacturing processes, increased efficiencies and waste reduction are excellent candidate areas for projects. Past projects have helped many large and small companies, including Caterpillar, United Parcel Service, IU Health, Lowe’s, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, Intel, General Motors and many non-profit companies like Goodwill Industries. Benefits to companies that sponsor a senior project include:
- 500 hours of student work on a specific problem: Students spend a full semester working on the project mentored by a graduate student and professor.
- Gaining technical tools: Student teams combine a diverse range of skills, experience, and imagination to provide effective models, methods, and solutions to help the sponsor.
- Real-time, practical solutions: The course is structured such that students provide realistic and timely answers to the sponsor’s problems. Face-to-face meetings are the norm; however, state-of-the-art media interfacing technologies are also available for conference calls if necessary.
- Potential student recruitment: Projects provide an opportunity for the client to work with some of the best IE students preparing to enter the workforce.
Students in the IE 431 Senior Design class presented their company project posters at an exhibition competition on December 6, 2018. Representatives from ten different companies attended and interacted with the students while reviewing the 15 posters on display in Grissom Hall's Peter Wang Student Excellence Center. Faculty members judged the posters and a peer vote was taken by all those in attendance. [Full article & photos]
IE 431 Senior Design Capstone Project students not only learn about real-world business projects, but serve companies by providing practical recommendations for improvements.
This semester, about 150 students participated in Capstone Project teams, working on a wide variety of projects. On April 26, 31 student teams presented their finished research project posters final project posters to industry partners, IE faculty and grad students at an exhibition in Grissom Hall's Peter Wang Student Excellence Center. Over 230 people attended, and four winning teams were announced. Three teams won and a Peer Choice Award was also given. Congratulations, seniors!
(l) 1st Place - Team United Bulk Terminal; (r) 2nd Place - Team Wabash National
(l) 3rd Place - Team Fine Hygienic Holding; (r) Peer Choice - Team CVS Pharma
(l) 1st Place - Team Janus; (r) 2nd Place - Team VA Hospital Pharmacy
(l) 3rd Place - Team Evonik; (r) Peer Choice - Team ConAgra Foods
Senior Design Capstone Teams presented their company project posters in an inaugural poster exhibition on April 28, 2016. Representatives from 16 different companies attended and enjoyed interacting with the students and reviewing the nine posters on display. Three teams won and a Peer Choice Award was also given.
(l) 1st Place - Team Eaton ELC; (r) 2nd Place - Team Fiat Chrysler
(l) 3rd Place - Team Intel; (r) Peer Choice Award - Eaton RPR