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Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Symposium

What is Capstone Design?

Capstone Design is the culmination of the undergraduate student mechanical engineering experience, creating a blueprint for innovation in engineering design.

Capstone is "entrepreneurial by design", fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that embodies Waterloo Engineering: an appetite for real-world problem finding and solving, a willingness to test new ideas and the excitement of shared innovation.

 Entrepreneurial by Design

It is a  public exhibition that will have over 50 design projects that our 4th year students have designed for a wide range  topics, which include

  • Automotive and race vehicle design,
  • Green products,
  • Commercial product design,
  • Robotics, and
  • Medical assistive devices.

What are Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design projects?

Supported by numerous awards, Capstone Design provides Waterloo Engineering students with the unique opportunity to identify, conceptualise, build and commercialize a design project related to Mechanical Engineering.

Capstone Design challenges Mechanical Engineering students to work in teams to push their own boundaries and apply the knowledge and skills learned in our classrooms, laboratories, clinical and project settings and on co-op work terms. It enables deep learning and mastery of

  • Design, creativity and the engineering design process
  • Communication,
  • Team work, and
  • Project management.

Design project opportunities are identified by students themselves and approved by the course instructors.  The format of the course is a combination of self-directed learning and mentorship, supervised by a review committee consisting of the course instructors, faculty advisor(s), industry/external partners, and external examiners who are active and accomplished practitioners.

This culminating design project learning activity is an important step in students’ fulfillment of the degree requirements in mechanical engineering, and an important step in demonstrating they are prepared for professional practice training (Engineer-In-Training), and their future as engineering entrepreneurs.

Want to learn more?

For additional information on the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Projects or to inquire about participating in future cohorts, please contact:

Professor Steve Lambert, P.Eng.
NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

James Baleshta P.Eng.
Continuing Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering