Capstone Design Project

Capstone Design Project

The manufacturing engineering programme includes a capstone design project. Capstone projects enable students to create a meaningful product/service and solve an open-ended problem in manufacturing. Through this experience, they gain broad exposure to the application of foundational engineering disciplines, training across a range of major manufacturing processes and platforms, and an understanding of modern production management and manufacturing practices.  

The subject of the projects should include general manufacturing engineering problems. Students are familiar with the following areas:


Metal processing

  •    Heat Treating

  •    Forming

Polymer processing

  •    Injection moulding

  •    Vacuum thermoforming

  •    3D printing

Composite material processing

  •    Wet layup

  •    Prepeg processing

  •    Vacuum infusion


  •    PLCs

  •    Instrumentation

  •    Controls

Production management and planning

Software engineering

Cross Campus Collaboration (UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan)

The Manufacturing Engineering Program is hosted across both campuses. The Capstone course offers students the opportunity to work with cross-campus teams to encourage interdisciplinary skillsets within the same project team.

Get Involved

The Manufacturing Engineering Program invites you to propose a project to our students that will prepare them for employment and in turn give you an opportunity to meet the next generation of graduates.

A Capstone instructor assesses each proposal and provides feedback to you (the client). You are invited to revise your proposal based on the instructor’s feedback. Clients with successful proposals have the option to pitch their proposals to the Capstone students in early September. By the second week of September, each student bids on projects by ranking their top five preferred projects. This ranking is used to form teams.

Our students and faculty would be working towards developing potential solutions with you from September and April. You will have ample opportunity to be actively engaged in the development of solutions.


Why get involved?

  • Exploration of research/development opportunities utilizing the expertise of UBC faculty, staff and students
  • Access to world-class research facilities and expert technical personnel in the Materials Engineering Department and Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Engagement with the next class of new graduates to facilitate recruitment and networking
  • Exploration of products or services that are outside of your organization’s current business plan
  • Introduction of your organization to the UBC academic community
  • A low-cost/low-risk way to explore uncertain business opportunities

Time Commitment

Partners will have a time commitment of approximately 10 to 15 hours over the course of eight months. This will typically take the form of meetings, supporting students with technical problems, and reviewing their work.


Project teams are provided with a budget to facilitate their work. To make this a successful partnership and a sustainable model, it is our hope that you and your organization will commit in a similar fashion, depending on the needs of the project.

Submit a Project

Our Call for Proposals is now open!  

Submit a Proposal 

You may also contact one of the Capstone coordinators if you have questions:

Christoph Sielmann:

Casey Keulen:

Highlights of Past Projects

Designing an aeroponic smart grow cabinet

Team Members: Kihomi Adhémar, Stefan Busaga, Akhilesh Gattineni, Brandon Kim, Sylvia Ly and Jennifer Mane

Industry Partner: Genoptic

Learn more about their project

Recycling an innovative material into lightweight, abrasion-resistant shin pads

Team Members: Rocky Guan, Muyang Li, Muhan Wang and Sam Xu

Industry Partner: Aluula Composites

Learn more about their project