Overview of Capstone Opportunities
All bioengineering undergraduates engage in significant engineering design projects during their senior year, in which they devise a system, component, or process to meet desired needs and specifications within realistic constraints. Students apply previous coursework in basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences to develop creative and iterative solutions, while considering risks and making trade-offs during the design process.
The Capstone design project should produce something that fulfills a societal need, can be implemented by another person or organization, and involves biology or medicine in the problem or the solution. Students may deliver a wide variety of products, including but not limited to software, electronic instrumentation, cell lines, sensors, surgical tools, prosthetics and implantable devices. The capstone project may also produce a novel or optimized process, procedure or protocol that can be applied in research, industry or clinical practice. The Department offers two tracks for fulfilling the Capstone requirement: Track A – an individually-based project usually executed in the lab of a faculty member, or Track B – a team-based project usually focused on solving a medical problem and mentored by a clinician.