Capstone Design Project

The fourth year Capstone design project is an integral and important part of the undergraduate program in Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design. The Faculty has a 25-year history in administering and evaluating fourth year Capstone projects. In fact, Carleton was the first university in Canada to adopt team-style projects.

These major design projects are an excellent opportunity for fourth year students to develop professional-level experience by applying, honing, integrating and extending previously acquired knowledge and skills. Capstone projects foster an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for real world problem solving, and serve as an opportunity to explore new ideas which require ongoing commitment, critical thinking and improvisational skill.

The defining element of Capstone projects are their real-world application, and many projects focus on serving the community as a whole.

An interdisciplinary Capstone success story

The Northern Nomad is a net-zero energy tiny house born from the collaborative efforts of Carleton architecture and engineering students. Under the supervision of Professor Scott Bucking, cross-appointed in both the Department of Civil Engineering and Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, the conceptualization of the project began as a fourth-year capstone project. With the generous support of sponsors, students from the Faculty of Engineering and Design, each with their own focuses and skills, have made the project a reality.

Crash Test Dummy and Launch System

Robotic Hand with Remote Control and Video Feedback

Integrated Concussion Assessment System (I-CAS)

Interior view of the Carleton University Simulator Project flight simulator

Carleton University Simulator Project (CUSP)

LTE-Controlled Drone

A Net-Zero Energy Tiny House

Industry partners help shape and support Capstone design projects through mentorship of student teams, submitting projects and providing financial support, while our alumni have donated significantly to help ensure students have access to critical resources.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Faculty of Engineering and Design’s Capstone Projects, don’t hesitate to get in touch.