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Engineering Entrepreneurial Capstone

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ENGINE, the Engineering Entrepreneurial Capstone program, was created to enable students to work in teams on industry sponsored projects. Developed in 2015 as the first entrepreneurial system design course of its kind in the department, the option is designed to develop students’ skills in innovation, systems engineering and project management. UW EE is a leader in entrepreneurship efforts across campus, with more start-ups than any other department, and Reuters ranked UW as the #1 public university in the world for innovation in 2015. The Entrepreneurial Capstone program offers select companies an opportunity to benefit from the vibrant innovation culture at UW EE.

Students will understand the entire engineering product development cycle and gain valuable project management experience. Student teams will be responsible for organizing, scheduling, budgeting, designing, constructing, documenting and presenting their results, as well as analyzing the business side of their projects. Projects will be system design challenges that emphasize depth of analysis and synthesis within the scope of research areas in the department: embedded systems, computing, communication, security, energy systems, sensing, circuits and VLSI, nanotechnology/MEMS/photonics, robotics and control, signal/image/video processing and electromagnetics. The projects will be supervised by faculty and industry mentors and are expected to lead to a functional product prototype within six months.

Growing Fast

Since its introductory year, the ENGINE program has already seen significant growth from interested students and local companies.  The 2016-2017 program boasts:

  • 15 companies
  • 22 projects
  • 69 students
  • 5x more students than 2015-2016
  • 6x more projects than 2015-2016

Course Offering

The Entrepreneurial Capstone (EE 400 C) is offered in autumn, winter and spring quarters.


For additional information on the course or how our industry partners can get involved, please contact:

Annual Capstone Fair

Students in the ENGINE program have the opportunity to show off their projects to sponsors and the UW EE community at the end of every spring quarter.