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What is Wilkes University Engineering Capstone

Author:   David Carey  
Posted: 9/19/03; 10:12:20 AM
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Each engineering senior in the must execute a senior project. The required senior project is termed a Capstone Project. It is a two semester design or technical project which satisfies the Wilkes University Senior Project Requirement and meets the ABET Engineering Design requirement. This website outlines a the concept for the engineering Capstone projects course. It contains the Capstone Design/Technical Project Policy, acceptable report and presentation templates and specifications, project procedures and the necessary project forms.

Capstone Design/Technical Project Policy All engineering seniors are required to select and execute a theoretical or experimental design/technical project under the supervision of a capstone design project advisor. Students are also required to make a oral presentations and submit an acceptable written report on the project. The guidelines governing capstone design/technical projects are stated in this website.

Elements of the Capstone Design/Technical Project The various elements of the student's curriculum are brought together in the senior project, which is termed a Capstone Project. The Capstone Design Project, which is required of engineering students, is built around a comprehensive, open-ended problem having a variety of acceptable solutions with many design constraints which must be addressed, including, but not limited to, economic factors, safety, reliability, ethics, societal impact and manufacturability. The Capstone design project must meet or exceed the ABET Engineering Design Requirement. The Capstone design project is built around a comprehensive, technical problem, which may have many constraints and solutions and require construction and testing of hardware.

ABET Engineering Design Requirements Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. It is a decision-making process (often iterative), in which the basic sciences and mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources optimally to meet a stated objective. Among the fundamental elements of the design process are the establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction testing, and evaluation. The engineering design component of a curriculum must include most of the following features: development of student creativity, use of open-ended problems, development and use of modern design theory and methodology, formulation of design problem statements and specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations, productions process, concurrent engineering design, and detailed system descriptions. Further, it is essential to include a variety of realistic constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics, and social impact. For more information click the link on ABET and the Engineering Capstone.

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