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Capstone Projects

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.

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IE 431 Senior Design Capstone Project students not only learned about real-world business projects, but served companies by providing practical recommendations for improvements. About 157 students participated in the Capstone Project teams, working on a wide variety of projects. On April 25, 2017, thirty-one student teams presented their finished research project posters at an exhibition with over 200 attendees, and four winning teams were announced. Students presented the final project posters to industry partners, IE faculty and grad students at the poster exhibition in Grissom's Wang Student Excellence Center.

Photo of 1st place 2017 Team Janus  Photo of 2nd place 2017 VA Pharmacy

(l) 1st Place - Team Janus; (r) 2nd Place - Team VA Hospital Pharmacy

Photo of 3rd place 2017 Evonik  Photo of Peer Choice 2017 ConAgra Foods

(l) 3rd Place - Team Evonik; (r) Peer Choice - Team ConAgra Foods

Senior Design Poster Competition 2016
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.

1st Place - Team Eaton ELC  2nd Place - Team Fiat Chrysler

(l) 1st Place - Team Eaton ELC; (r) 2nd Place - Team Fiat Chrysler

3rd Place - Team Intel  Peer Choice Award - Team Eaton RPR

(l) 3rd Place - Team Intel; (r) Peer Choice Award - Eaton RPR