An important part of our Electrical Engineering program is a "capstone lab" requirement which can be satisfied by taking one of the following courses: ELEN E3390, EECS E4340, CSEE W4840, and ELEN E4332. In some cases, ELEN E3998 with a suitable project can also be used if carefully reviewed and approved by an adviser. Most engineering programs use such a capstone course to satisfy criterion four of the accreditation requirements from ABET (PDF), namely that "Students must be prepared for engineering practice through the curriculum culminating in a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work and incorporating appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints."
Our capstone requirement is important for achieving all of our program educational objectives, but in particular C and E. In terms of our program outcomes, it is particularly important for c, d, e, f, g, and k. Since the capstone course is such an important part of our curriculum, we archive the final project reports and presentations for a number of purposes, namely:
- For student use as a learning aid
- For internal and external evaluation of the quality of our capstone design experiences
- For use by future instructors as reference and for course continuity and improvement