Capstone Program

Enhancing students' learning by engaging with industry



The capstone program matches student teams with partners from industry, providing real problems from industry for teams to solve. 

Typical projects are open-ended problems which companies do not have time or resources to tackle alone. Ideally, these are problems that are important to solve, but not critical to the core business operations of the industry partner.

Projects can be discipline-specific, or interdisciplinary in scope. Disciplines include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mineral Resource Engineering


  • Explore the application of new technologies with low cost and low risk
  • Work with creative and energetic students who may make great employees
  • Draw from faculty expertise in a variety of disciplines and take advantage of Dalhousie's in-house resources
  • Provide an enriching opportunity for students to enhance their educational experience


  • Typically, teams of four students are assigned to each project
  • A faculty advisor is assigned to each project
  • Industry sponsors provide one or more contacts to advise students


  • Proposals should typically be submitted by mid-August*
  • Projects usually start in September and finish in April
  • Sponsors participate through site visits, design reviews, interima nd final reports and presentations

    *some disciplines offer projects starting in January

Additional Information for Potential Project Sponsors

For additional details about Capstone Projects, see this information guide for potential project sponsors [PDF - 98kb].

Do you want to support student learning in the Faculty of Engineering?

Contact us to find out how to get involved as an industry sponsor: