Capstone Program Timeline and Events

Project Preparation

Date Description
June 20, 2016 Call for project proposals from industry. Project recruitment and scoping takes place during the spring and summer. Please see the project sponsor information section for more information.

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August 31, 2016 Final sponsor paperwork due. Project agreement paperwork must be complete including submission of company logo, image representing project and signed NERF agreement.
September 16, 2016 Project list posting. A list of all projects with a short description with any field discipline expertise needs will be posted on or around September 16 to allow students to tailor technical elective selection.
October 28, 2016 Project pitch day. A joint forum at which each team sponsor (large team and industry projects) provides a five-minute presentation on the particulars of their project and is available to answer questions from students.
November 4, 2016 Student project applications due. See student information section for more detail.
November 14, 2016 Project team assignments. Students, mentors and advisors will be informed of team assignments. Invoices will be sent to project sponsors at this time.
December 2, 2016 Mentor/advisor orientation: A mandatory orientation for all industry mentors and faculty team advisors will take place in early December.

Team kickoff meeting: Students will be assigned to teams in November, and a first meeting for each team will take place in early December after the mentor/advisor orientation.

Industry project payment due: Payment for project fees is due by this date.

Project Activity

January - June. Project work runs through all of senior year with the Autumn quarter focusing on general design tools for all projects (intellectual property, software design packages, project management), the Winter quarter focusing on design, and the Spring quarter focusing on prototype construction and testing.

Date Description
February 3, 2017 Systems Requirement Review poster session.
March 10, 2017 Preliminary Design Review. AIAA conference format with 20 minutes per team presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
April 28, 2017 Critical Design Review. AIAA conference format with 20 minutes per team presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

Final Design Review and Capstone Showcase

Mid-June (finals week). The event will be held on a single day with one hour presentations for industry teams and two hour presentations for large teams. The oral presentations will be followed by a Capstone Showcase where each team will have a poster and prototype display. The day will conclude with a networking reception for all participants.