Capstone Project

The Integrated Project Course is the capstone of the T&M curriculum. It is taken in the spring semester of the second year. Projects are provided by corporate affiliates. They deal with real problems of significant issue to the sponsor and typically involve engineering, finance, accounting, and marketing.

Interdisciplinary teams of six students work with program faculty advisors and representatives of the sponsors to develop detailed, implementable solutions. Students are required to enter into non-disclosure agreements with their project sponsor due to the confidential and strategic nature of the projects.

Student teams typically travel to the sponsor’s location to learn about the business and meet company employees with whom they will work. Students then work remotely and hold frequent status meetings with their sponsors. At the end of the course, project presentations are provided by the student team to senior managers of the sponsoring company.

Capstone Project Sponsors

The T&M program’s capstone projects have been strongly supported by the following companies:

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  • Abbott
  • ACORD
  • Boeing
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • Abbott
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Abbott
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • BP
  • eBay
  • John Deere
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Abbott
  • Boeing
  • BP
  • eBay
  • John Deere
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Walmart
  • Abbott
  • Boeing
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • John Deere
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Navistar
  • Walmart
  • Abbott
  • Boeing
  • Bosch
  • BP
  • John Deere
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Walmart
  • Abbott
  • Boeing
  • Bosch
  • BP
  • Motorola Solutions
  • State Farm
  • Walmart
  • Abbott
  • Boeing
  • BP
  • John Deere
  • State Farm
  • Abbott
  • Boeing
  • BP
  • General Motors
  • John Deere
  • State Farm
  • Boeing
  • John Deere
  • Motorola
  • State Farm
  • Boeing
  • General Motors
  • John Deere
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Motorola
  • State Farm
  • Boeing
  • Eaton
  • John Deere
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Motorola
  • State Farm
  • ADM
  • Boeing
  • General Motors
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Motorola
  • State Farm
  • ADM
  • Boeing
  • John Deere/AGRIS
  • General Motors
  • Honeywell
  • State Farm
  • Caterpillar
  • John Deere
  • Honeywell
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • State Farm
  • Caterpillar
  • General Motors
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins
  • General Motors
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Motorola
  • Dr. Hank Magnuski

Capstone Project FAQ

Sponsoring a capstone project is a unique opportunity to engage students in solving applicable problems. Working with students in the T&M program brings new perspectives to the table in an educational environment. Sponsors have asked us these questions:

What are the primary responsiblities of the sponsor of a capstone project?

Projects that are successful from both the viewpoint of the T&M Program and the sponsor are those in which a representative of the corporation, acting as the primary liason between the company and the project team, is actively engaged in the project and for whom the successful completion of the project is an objective recognized by senior management of the organization.

Effective engagement requires periodic meetings with the project team. Some sponsors visit campus once or twice during the semester to meet with the team. Other sponsors communicate with the team through conference calls and the internet, using collaboration software such as as NetMeeting.

Effective sponors provide timely feedback to the team regarding the direction the project is evolving, assist in obtaining company data in a form that is appropriate to the project, and generally provide guidance with respect to company specific issues and policies.

How much time does the corporate liason spend on the project?
While the amount of time spent varies depending on the nature of the project, most corporate liasons spend between 1 and 3 hours per week during the Spring semester (late January to early May).

Project teams make final presentations to their class during final exam week (mid-May). Corporate liasons are invited to attend this final presentation and the brief awards ceremony that follows.

How often does the team travel to the company facilities?
Each team makes a site visit in the early stages of the project in order to meet the people they will be working with on the project. These visits help personalize the relationship between the members of the project team and the sponsoring organization. Some teams make a final presentation of their project to senior managers at the company site. Interim visits by an entire team are more difficult to arrange due to inherent conflicts with class schedules.
Who pays for the travel expenses of the team?
The T&M Program pays for all expenses associated with the capstone project, including the travel expenses of team members. Expenses incurred by a corporate liason are typically covered by that person’s company.
How are issues associated with confidentiality handled?
The T&M Program has its own Confidentiality Agreement Form that each student and faculty member involved with the capstone project class must sign. Issues of confidentiality are stressed throughout the course. Students are told not to talk about any of the capstone projects to anyone outside of the course under any circumstances. In the event that a project deals with a confidential topic, the corporate liason works with the project team to develop a response to a question such as “What are you working on?” asked by people not in the project course.