Capstone

capstone

What is Capstone?


An experience in engineering practice through a significant design project whereby student teams meet specific client needs through a creative, iterative, and open-ended design process. Capstone Design (MIE490/MIE491) is taken in the fourth year of study for both fall and winter sessions.

The project must include:

  1. The application of disciplinary knowledge and skills to conduct engineering analysis and design.
  2. The demonstration of engineering judgment in integrating economic, health, safety, environmental, social or other pertinent interdisciplinary factors.
  3. Elements of teamwork, project management and Client interaction.
  4. A demonstration of proof of the design concept.

Some Unique Characteristics of Capstone


  • No new content (i.e., no class meetings)
  • All work completed in a team
  • Long periods of independent work
  • Regular meetings with Supervisor
  • Industry client plays an active role
  • Emphasis on technical and non-technical graduate attributes (including communication)

what

Students designed a machine to throw a knuckleball, a skill that can take baseball pitchers years to learn.

Types of Capstone Projects


Standard


  • Sourced by Capstone Coordinators and Faculty Supervisors
  • Supervised by a single MIE faculty member
  • Matched to students in mid-August

Student-sourced


  • Sourced by students through PEY, ESIP employer or other industry contact
  • Must be submitted by June 13, 2014
  • Supervised by a single MIE faculty member
  • Can be matched to students before August
  • Sourcing student may form his/her own team and request a Supervisor

Multi-disciplinary


  • Sourced by MCP Coordinator (Kamran Behdinan) and capstone coordinators across faculty
  • Require 3-5 team members from at least two disciplines
  • Supervised by a single APSc faulty member with disciplinary subject-matter experts
  • Have an accelerated self-selection and matching process
  • May require a competitive interview

International


  • Sourced by International Capstone coordinator (Kamran Behdinan)
  • University partners from Peking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities
  • Require a competitive interview
  • Follow a modified deliverable schedule
  • Check your U of T e-mail regularly, starting in mid-August

 

Information and Contact


Blackboard Capstone Organization site

Portal: Community: Browse Blackboard Catalog:
Enter “MIE 490” or “MIE 491”

Capstone Program Assistant

Sarah Somer [capstone@mie.utoronto.ca]

Capstone Coordinators

MIE491 (MEC): Prof. Behdinan [behdinan@mie.utoronto.ca]

MIE490 (IND): Prof. Aleman [aleman@mie.utoronto.ca]