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  • [ June 10, 2011]

    Capstone Design Seniors Present Oral Defenses at Design Night 2011

  • On the evening of May 31, over 30 College of Engineering  graduating seniors had their Capstone Design oral defense. Named “Design Night 2011,” this event provided an excellent opportunity for the students who had taken the course to demonstrate their design projects and products.

    Among the audience were Professor Pingchou Han, the Capstone Design instructor; faculty advisors from COE, and a dozen of industrial advisors from COE’s collaborative companies.


    For the 2010 academic year, the Capstone Design course at COE collaborated with major internationally renowned companies, such as Siemens, Schneider Electric, The Boeing Company, Schlumberger Ltd., and Kinergy Singapore; and universities including National University of Singapore  and University of Toronto. The program selected over 30 students to carry out engineering projects that bear practical significance to the companies.

    Highlights of this year’s projects include “Development of a Paper Strip for Fast Blood Typing” (Siemens), “Automation of 3D IC Packaging Mold Design” (Kinergy Singapore), “Design of a Relocation Detector” (Siemens), “Development of a Smart Dashboard for Building Energy System Monitoring” (Schneider Electric) and “Analysis of Stress-Dependent Elastic Wave Velocities in Transverse Isotropic Rocks” (Schlumberger).

    Most of the projects generated quality results and received high evaluations from the industry advisors. The students’ wonderful presentation skills also made a strong impression on the audience.

    About Capstone Design

    Put into practice in 2008, Capstone Design is an innovative project design course at COE which targets undergraduate students in their senior year. The course is six credits and forms the undergraduate thesis for each student. Students who take the course must demonstrate an ability to integrate engineering knowledge gained from the undergraduate curriculum and provide a practical solution to an industry-specified engineering problem.

    Students are organized into teams of two to four and each team is supervised by a faculty advisor (FA) arranged by the  course instructor. Further, the team is required to regularly communicate its work progress with an industry advisor (IA) appointed by the company.

    At the end of the course, each student is required to generate deliverables as specified in the agreement signed between the company and COE. The deliverables may include a product, model, prototype, software, or design. Before the course comes to an end, students will submit a final report and participate in an oral defense.