An ISU student standing next to a poster presentation: Capstone Design.

"They came up with a new approach that we’d not pursued previously.
We’re taking one of their concepts further this summer, leveraging one of our Iowa State co-op students to get the idea market ready."

- Kevin Gaul, Pella Corporation

Student Projects at ISU

Several colleges at Iowa State University, including the College of Engineering, require every student to complete a capstone project to graduate. Many of these projects are sponsored by companies. A team of senior students work with the company to apply learned principles, which could include engineering analyses and design recommendations. Project topics reflect Iowa State’s various colleges and departments – e.g., mechanical, electrical, software, computer, industrial, agriculture, material sciences, or chemical. Projects may take place during one or two semesters and are offered twice per year (fall and spring semesters).

Typical capstone project areas include product design, machine design, process improvement and modeling, plant layout, new concept exploration, or data analytics. Students can access Iowa State labs and expertise of faculty as part of the project.

Iowa companies receive two significant benefits from their involvement in a capstone project:

Upcoming Technology Training, Events, and Workshops:

To seek guidance about capstone design projects or to schedule a no-cost assessment, contact your Regional CIRAS Account Manager or Project Manager Carey Novak.

CIRAS provides several related services, including: