The capstone experience is the culminating activity of the MSE program. It provides the student an opportunity to work on a large-scale project over a period of, typically, at least eight months. The project may be any of the following:
- Based on a problem at the student's place of employment or another application setting
- An academic research problem
- A group project experience plus additional breadth in course work
Students should note the following about the capstone experience:
- The professional practice core and at least two emphasis-area courses should be completed before beginning the capstone experience.
- Consultation with the graduate program director is helpful before registration for a capstone experience.
- Guidance will be provided by a faculty advisor, selected with the guidance of the graduate program director.
- The Project/Thesis Guide should be consulted for capstone course requirements.
- The capstone experience courses are available every semester.
The following restrictions apply to the capstone experience:
- Full-time graduate students must complete the EGR 696/697 capstone.
- Students completing the Manufacturing Operations emphasis depth area may NOT use EGR 690 as the capstone experience.
- Students selecting the EGR 690 capstone must complete at least 36 credit hours of graduate course work.
Here are some titles of recently completed capstone activities:
- Brackenridge, Chad: Product Architecture and Standardization of Work surfaces and Support Brackets
- Brill, Ryan: Chair Glide Redesign
- Kundrat, Mary: Utilizing Bioceramics in Spinal Lumbar Prosthetics with the Purpose of Alleviating Spinal Dysfunction
- Maas, Sara: Procedure for Multi-Project Scheduling and Inventory Management
- Resler, Cory: Design and Analysis of Winter Athlete Wrist Brace Concepts, Including Parametric Models
- Swisher, Ben: Helium Induced Cooling of Aluminum Castings in a Permanent Mold Process
- Wiler, Nathan: Reducing, Scrap, Downtime, and Production Inefficiency with Overall Equipment Effectiveness Analysis
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