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As one of the nation’s largest public university and the largest, most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the University of North Texas is dedicated to providing an excellent education to its more than 36,000 students while powering the North Texas region, state and nation through innovative programs and research. The College of Engineering graduates more than 300 young engineering professionals each academic year who demonstrate their education and innovation through a senior capstone course. Student groups work with corporate partners to apply their knowledge and talent in developing innovative solutions to real world problems.
All seniors in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical and energy engineering, materials science and engineering, information technology, computer engineering, computer science, and engineering technology conclude their undergraduate engineering education with a two-semester capstone senior design project (Electrical Engineering has two one-semester long capstone courses).
Students gain hands-on experience while working in a team environment. Essential concepts such as project planning, designing, and scheduling are emphasized throughout the project. In addition to invaluable, practical technical experience, the capstone project enables students to develop their communication skills through a visual and oral presentation before an audience of peers, faculty, and experts in industry at Design Day, held on the last Friday of April each year.
|Mobile Beverage Cooling Prototype||PepsiCo.|
|Cyclone and Compact Vertical Gas Separators||Peerless Manufacturing Co.|
|Control of Parabolic Solar Collector||Solar Logic, Inc.|
|Wind Tunnel Test Bed for AC Unit Testing||Lennox|
|Automatic Bag Fill Tester||Frito Lay|
|Green Energy Children’s Exhibit||Sci-Tech Discovery Center|
|Viton Elastomer Test Fixture||Halliburton|
|Thermal Storage Unit for Residential AC||Trane|
|Lighter than Air UAV||American Society of Mechanical engineers|
|PACCAR/Cummins Lifting eye bracket||Peterbilt Motors Company|
Each student team consists of (usually) between 3 and 6 seniors and is led by a faculty member who is an expert in the area of the project and acts as the academic mentor. Corporate partners support capstone projects by providing funding for necessary materials, laboratory access, any required equipment use fees, etc. The company also offers an engineer who acts as the corporate mentor, participates in design reviews, meets regularly with the student team, guides the project, and evaluates the final product.
To cover the specific cost of the project needs and the general educational needs of our graduate and undergraduate students, we request a sponsorship that varies based on the duration of the capstone project and the size of the sponsoring company:
|Sponsor Company Size||1 Semester Project||2 Semester Project|
|< 100||The direct project costs||The direct project costs|
|100 < 500||$3,500||$7,000|
As a corporate sponsor, your organization will receive:
Access to innovation in engineering through a team of appropriate engineering students bearing your name and dedicated to your project of choice.
Sponsorship funds will be used to support the project needs. Any sponsorship funds not used by a capstone project team will be used to support our teaching and research facilities, and the educational experience and professional development of our undergraduate and graduate students.
For questions or additional information, please contact Thomas Derryberry.