Project Guidelines

A well-structured Capstone design project provides a tremendous educational experience for students. An ideal Capstone project has the following characteristics:

o Represents a real-world need, but one that is not critical to the sponsor's short-term success (i.e. back-burner projects are best)

o Requires design work (not just analysis or fabrication of an existing design)

o Culminates in a detailed design package and a physical prototype

o Requires approximately 400 student hours to complete (a one-semester project for a team of 3-5 students)

Sponsoring a Project

Individuals or organizations who wish to sponsor a Capstone project provide the following:

o A $2,000 educational grant to the Mechanical Engineering department at BYU-Idaho ($1000 of which is available to the student team for prototyping and other expenses directly related to the project)

o Information and feedback on the project through a designated contact person

o A signed Capstone Sponsor Agreement form, available here

o A brief evaluation of the student team's performance, available here

Benefits to the Sponsor

Benefits to sponsors of Capstone projects include the following:

o Ownership of any intellectual property created by the student team as a result of their work on the project

o Ownership of any prototypes developed by the student team during their work on the project

o Exposure to undergraduate engineering students who may be candidates for internships or full-time positions with the sponsor

o Partnership with the university in enhancing the educational experience of students

Contact Us

If you are interested in sponsoring a Capstone project, or simply getting more information on the Capstone program, please contact us.






Alan Dutson

Capstone Coordinator


Greg Roach

ME Department Chair


Kenna Carter

ME Department Secretary


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