Capstone Design is a culminating course offered to undergraduate students at the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Students work in teams to design, build and test prototypes with real world applications. At the end of each semester students showcase their efforts at the Capstone Design Conference held on the UH Campus.
The Capstone Design course provides students the opportunity to work with real-world, open-ended, interdisciplinary challenges proposed by industrial and research project sponsors. They learn and apply the engineering design process: defining functional requirements, conceptualization, analysis, identifying risks and countermeasures, selection and physical prototyping.
Student teams design and build working prototypes to validate their solutions. By working in diverse teams students develop leadership skills and group dynamics, learn how to handle scheduling conflicts while meeting weekly deliverables and deadlines, and develop strong communication skills.
At the end of the semester, student teams display and pitch their inventions to a panel of judges, invited guest, media and their peers, while competing for prizes and awards. This is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to see how their project was conceptualized by the UH Engineering student teams.