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Practicums and Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects

One-semester real-world project experiences for students

In our capstone project course, students in our professionally-oriented master’s programs integrate advanced technical knowledge and tackle real-world challenges for industry clients. Students gain valuable project experience with the processes that engineers must master in a professional environment. 

Students enrolled in this course work either independently or in an assigned team to accomplish the project goals as identified by the industry client. There is weekly contact throughout the semester between the student(s) and an assigned industry representative, who serves as the primary project mentor. The only costs the industry client is responsible for are any materials needed for the project and any required student travel. 

Student Benefits

  • Great opportunities to connect and build relationships with industry partners
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Gaining real-world industry experience
  • Developing skills to be successful in your career post-graduation
  • Opportunities to build your resume
  • Independent and small team work solving real-world industry problems

Internships

Students who secure an internship can work with their home department to see if they can register for the ENG 572 Practicum course to be counted for the professional development component of their degree.

Career Services

The Office of Engineering Career Services offers resources to help you develop your resume and cover letter, network with top companies, and find internship (and full-time) positions for your unique skill set.

“It was a pleasure working with the students, faculty and staff for the Master of Engineering Capstone program.  The students were engaged and had the needed skills. Best of all, the team was able to deliver new ideas and prototype solutions important to PPG.”

— Kevin P. Gallagher, Ph.D. - Scientist, Corporate Science & Technology, PPG

For Industry Partners

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Where our graduates work

Some examples of organizations where our graduates have taken positions:

10X Genomics | ADM | AGCO | Amazon | Baxter Healthcare | Caterpillar | Civiltech Engineering | Crawford, Murphy & Tilly | Cymer | DCI Engineers | Deloitte | Department of the Navy | Eaton Corporation | ExxonMobil | General Electric – Energy Connections | Graphet Data Mining Inc. | Greeley and Hansen | Integral Group | Navistar | Sandia National Laboratories | Sierra Club (Texas) | Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) | Tesla Motors | TRC Solutions | Union Pacific | Wolfram Research | Zimmer Biomet

Contact us for more information

Laura Pew
Capstone Project Coordinator
217-300-8339 . laurapew@illinois.edu


Laura Pew, Capstone Project Coordinator