Capstone Experience

Capstone Senior Projects

At USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the Capstone Experience is a two-semester program designed to give students hands on experience solving real engineering problems. Students work in teams, mentored by a faculty member, on an open-ended design project to understand and execute the full cycle of the design process. These projects come in different flavors, but all require the students to be responsible to stakeholders beyond themselves. The program involves designing, construction, testing and evaluation, as well as consideration of issues related to ethics, economics, safety and professional practice, and allows the students to apply knowledge learned throughout their undergraduate career in a real-world scenario.

Explore our students' innovative work.

USD's engineers and computer scientists create solutions to any number of societal challenges. Their work is presented to the public twice every year. First is a mid-project update where two-semester projects are presented each fall in a 2D, poster format at the Engineering and Computing Expo. Final projects are then presented each spring at the Engineering and Computing Showcase, where our students present prototypes of their Capstone Senior Projects to faculty, students and the community. Both events are hosted on campus at the Belanich Engineering Center (formerly Loma Hall).

We encourage you to check out our comprehensive list of featured Capstone Senior Projects. You can also search projects by the following categories: