Opportunities & Benefits
There are several levels of sponsorship for our Engineering Interdisciplinary Capstone. All sponsorship dollars support project expenses, as well as one year of program administration and mentoring. Please contact us to learn more about our unique sponsorship possibilities!
Sponsor and Mentor a Design Project
Additional project funding is sometimes necessary on a team-by-team basis
Get early access to recruit top engineering students
Find a fresh perspective on a problem you really want solved
Sponsor and Mentor a Design Project
(Faculty and Student Clubs)
Outside-the-box solutions from the fresh perspectives of upcoming engineers
More patents result
Student interest drives more papers and exhibits produced
Sponsor an Award in a Select Area of Excellence
Name an award for your company
Media attention on Craig M. Berge Design Day
Brand representation at Open House and Design Day
Sponsor Capstone as a Whole
Increase your organization's visibility in the UA community
Opportunities available to sponsor new ENGR 498 initiatives
Contact us to begin collaborating today
What You Provide
- A meaningful, open-ended interdisciplinary design project
- A mentor who is interested in the specific project and in working with young engineers, who can attend several on-campus design reviews, and can meet or teleconference with the team on a periodic basis
- Sponsors have the option of providing additional cash or in-kind funding (materials, equipment, specialized manufacturing help, etc.) for their projects if needed.
What You Get
A team of four to six senior engineering students work on your project from August to May and proceed through:
- Requirements definition
- preliminary design
- Conceptual design
- Details design and analysis
- Implementation and testing
You could receive a working prototype and test results at the end of the academic year, together with a final report from each team you sponsor.
Design teams have access to a wide array of resources at the University of Arizona. These include electrical benches, a machine shop, wind tunnels, computer simulation and modeling software, materials testing equipment, rapid prototyping, optical labs plus the wide range of expertise provided by the faculty.
By sponsoring a senior design project, you provide meaningful design work for a team of motivated students at a very reasonable cost. You’ll find fresh perspectives for a dilemma you really want to have solved. By participating in UA Interdisciplinary Capstone, you get early access to top engineering students who are about to graduate. You can also directly contribute to the development of engineering students!
How to Formulate a Successful Project
Choose an invigorating problem that you or your company really want solved. Real-world scenarios are more significant and meaningful for both you and your student team.
Propose a project that is open-ended enough to allow your design team to use their creative talents.
Please do not choose a project involving only the accumulation of published information and/or test data. (A “task-type” project may not provide the latitude for the “fresh approach” thinking that your team can bring to the project).
Projects should be designed to draw from across many of the engineering disciplines that participate in the ENGR 498 Interdisciplinary Capstone.
Avoid projects that involve sharing extensive proprietary materials.
Plan for a project that can be completed within the academic year.
Seek a project which will stand on its own and which is not on the critical path of a program that has a stringent deadline.
Establish concrete, measurable goals and define how success will be determined.