Sponsor a Capstone Design Project

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Florida Poly’s Capstone Design course prepares our students to enter their professions through partnerships with industry sponsors.

By sponsoring a Capstone Design project, you’ll be providing Florida Poly students with valuable hands-on experience developing a real-world design while you reap the benefits of the department’s research facilities and faculty expertise.

Become a Sponsor

Florida Poly welcomes the opportunity to partner with organizations in a mutually beneficial way. To be considered for a Capstone Design project, organizations must submit an online Capstone Design Proposal and provide a reasonable project budget that covers the cost of the necessary supplies. Proposals are accepted each spring in preparation for the coming academic year (August-May). Organizations are welcome to submit more than one proposal.

If the proposed project is appropriate and selected as a Capstone Design project, the organization will be asked to generate a brief one- to two-page project statement, along with expectations and desired deliverables, as well as contact information of the organization’s project champion/liaison. To ease any organizational concerns, Florida Polytechnic University has generated an intellectual property waiver and a non-disclosure agreement that students can sign (if requested by the organization). In the event that a student does not wish to sign away their intellectual property rights and/or agree to confidentiality, they will be placed on another project that does not require said agreements.

Timeline

  • Proposed industry projects are submitted by March or early April for the fall semester or faculty proposed projects can be chosen for sponsorship at any time.
  • Fall semester activities: Customer needs gathering, idea generation, trade-off analysis, idea selection/planning, generation of an ‘alpha’ level prototype.
  • Spring semester activities: Analysis of sponsor feedback of the alpha prototype, detailed design/design of experiments, verification and validation, testing, generation of a ‘beta’ level prototype
  • Project presentation in late April at the Senior Design Capstone Project Showcase.

Contact

Contact Dr. Matt Bohm, associate professor of mechanical engineering and the university capstone design coordinator by email.