The Senior Design Capstone is the final two-course sequence in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CPE) programs. In these courses, teams of 4-6 students work together to integrate their engineering knowledge to design and produce prototypes for real-world projects provided by faculty, industry, non-profit organizations, and other project partners.
Each student is expected to work about 275h over the course of 30 weeks for the selected project. Our teams are interdisciplinary teams of Electrical and computer engineering students.
The 2-semester sequence offered starting in Fall and in Spring
- Fall - Spring: Academic year with a winter break
- Spring - Fall: Calendar year with a (long) summer break
Companies are encouraged to submit project proposals by July 1 for a Fall semester start and by November 1 for a spring semester start.
Before 1st Semester
Capstone faculty and sponsor define project.
Start of 1st Semester
Students start work
1st Review: Requirements Report & Presentation
2nd Review: Preliminary Design Review Report & Presentation
End of 1st Semester
Senior Design Day
Start of 2nd Semester
Students resume work
3rd Review: Critical Design Review Report & Presentation
Final Design Review Report & Presentation & Prototype Presentation
End of 2nd Semester
Senior Design Day
How It Works
Capstone Design Projects require a project-sized donation to cover materials for the prototype development and general UK ECE Capstone program contribution. The materials part will be directly available to your team to cover the cost of their prototype development. The additional gift will be used to improve facilities, provide training, and cover program costs related to UK ECE Capstone.
Suggested Funding Tiers are
- Small Project: $500 Materials Budget + $250 Capstone Donation
- Medium Project: $1000 Materials Budget + $500 Capstone Donation
- Large Project: $2000 Materials Budget + $1000 Capstone Donation
- Custom Budget: Your materials Budget + (suggested 50%) Capstone Donation
Teams are selected usually by the second week of the semester a project starts. Donations need to be sent to UK ECE Capstone Design at this point, latest 1 month after the start of the semester (September 20 for a Fall start and February 10 for a Spring start)
The project deliverables of a Capstone Design Project include a working prototype of the design and all supporting engineering documentation, including drawings, analyses, and test results. Deliverables may be tailored in accordance with industry sponsor requirements.