MIE undergraduate students in their final year of study participate in the Capstone design course where they work in teams to address real-world challenges presented by industry and community clients.
The Capstone program culminates in a showcase of the prototypes and designs created by the student teams for their clients. Our industry and community clients — which have included Air Canada, RBC, Canadian Tire and many hospitals — benefit from the ingenuity of some of the top engineering students in Canada while also providing them with practical experience.
View examples of Capstone projects
Clients come from a wide range of industries and student projects may focus on areas such as aerospace, supply chain management, information systems, energy systems and environment. To explore the range of projects students have worked on view the 2020-2021 Capstone Design Project booklet.
Benefits of being a Capstone Client
The projects should be of high value to your organization, typically something you want to do, but do not have the resources or knowledge to do it yourself.
These projects present an opportunity to:
- Introduce new innovative concepts into your organization (e.g., Use of Tabu Search Optimization to reduce production time, use of Simulation to identify operational bottlenecks, Green data centers, Lean Manufacturing practices)
- Attain significant improvements to your organization (e.g., 25% reduction in bottling times, savings of over $1,000,000 per year using a redesigned computer algorithm or equipment)
- Identify bright, future engineers who will soon enter the workforce (many of the students are subsequently hired by the Client)
- Access expertise of our faculty members who interact closely with the student teams and are at the forefront of their fields.
Apply to be a Capstone Client
The projects need to be submitted by the RFP deadline as a Statement of Need in broad general terms, as a basis for a later joint decision in September between you and the students – possibly under the guidance of a Supervising Faculty member.
After a brief review of your Statement of Need to ensure it meets the selection criteria, the projects will be posted on our website for selection by our students and faculty. Acceptance notifications will be issued shortly after you submit your Statement of Need form. We look forward to receiving your project and working together.