Engineering Capstones

A year-long project solving real-world problems

All students complete a year-long capstone experience that applies what they have learned to real-world problems. Olin offers three capstone alternatives:

Senior Capstone Program in Engineering (SCOPE)

SCOPE projects are sponsored by companies and other institutions that bring us problems that require engineering solutions. Examples include medical equipment design, automated farm equipment, software development for mobile and social applications, and electronic communication systems.

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SCOPE Summit 2024, Olin student presenting their project at the exposition

Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE)

Students work with people in communities around the world to address challenges endemic to poverty and democratize opportunity. Together they create new products and social ventures to reduce burden, increase yields, expand education, improve health, and generate income.

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A photo of three students working outside at a workbench with a trailer in the background

Entrepreneurial Engineering Capstone (TVC)

Students gain professional experience undertaking an authentic, team-based engineering project in the context of a prospective new venture. They gain an understanding of major user pain points and the value of a solution; the market and segmentation; how to go from a prototype to a manufacturable product for a specific customer; and ultimately are prepared to face the challenges of productizing prototypes to match market needs.

Tech Venture Capstone class, with co professors (and Pico the dog)