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We will begin accepting proposals from industry in May 2016 for capstone projects that run from September 2016 to April 2017. Each Spring, students share their work with the public and their peers at the Capstone Design Celebration. The event is a great way to meet our students and see how they solve real-world problems.
In the capstone course senior students in teams of 4 to 6 work on projects proposed by industry, or other organizations. Each team is supervised by a faculty member, acting as the technical director, and assisting or pointing the student to appropriate technical expertise, and you’ll act as the client. The projects can be general projects in electrical and computer engineering, or more specialized: software engineering, energy, biomedical devices, and microsystems.
There are numerous benefits to your organization:
To better prepare our students for industry, ECE is inviting you to submit a project for our students.
Participation: How can you participate? You can access an online form and example proposals on our instructions page. Our students and faculty would work towards developing potential solutions with you between September 2nd and April 1st. You will have ample opportunity to be actively engaged in the development of solutions.
Curricular Parameters: This course will form a significant portion of the final-year degree requirements, representing 10 credits of course work spread over two academic terms (normally September to April). Working in teams of 4 to 6, students will be expected to commit around 10 hours per week to successfully complete this component, resulting in a total of approximately 200 hours per student. For more information on the curriculum visit the student Capstone Design Project page.
Our Commitment to Resources: ECE commits instructional resources to support these students as they become highly competent and enthusiastic engineers. Our duty is to provide each student with support and instruction in design, project management, communication, solution quality assessment, life cycle analysis, and more.
Dialogue for Further Development: We believe that offering our students a strong and progressive integrative design experience in their final year of study can best be met in partnership with the local and global community, whether for profit or not. The strength of this program comes from community involvement inside and outside UBC, which we hope to include you and your organization. We understand that a number of issues still need to be addressed. One is that of Intellectual Property, and we are working to introduce easy-to-use templates for all parties to engage in. Another is that of resources. ECE will commit a significant amount of financial resources, but to make this a successful partnership and a sustainable model, it is our hope that you and your organization will commit in a similar fashion, feasible for you of course. How this might take shape is currently open to discussion, and we welcome any and all of your thoughts.
We are very excited about offering this rich learning opportunity for our students to work in partnership with individuals and organizations having a large stake in the current and future successes of engineers borne from UBC. With your support and active contribution, we strongly believe this will continue to be a successful and symbiotic undertaking, bringing benefits to all parties involved.
We are very interested in hearing from you in regards to this proposal and invitation. We hope that you will be interested in receiving further information about our initiative, and that you will consider becoming an active participant in the program. We welcome any suggestions or input you might have, which can all be submitted to capstones [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca. We look forward to hearing from you.