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Engineering Entrepreneurial Capstone

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Developed in 2015, the Engineering Entrepreneurial Capstone program was created to enable students to work in teams on industry sponsored projects. 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.

Course Offering

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


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