25 – 30 industry sponsored teams of 5 – 7 students from varied majors each year
Dedicated mentoring from the sponsor company and UofM engineering faculty
Complete a full design cycle and hand your final project over to the sponsor company
There are no formal lectures for MDP.* Work is completed in meetings as a team and on an individual basis. Per the CoE Policy for the Assignment of Credit Hours, students should expect to spend about 4 hours of work (including meetings) per credit hour per week. Explore below how this time will be spent each week.
*Exception: CS majors earning Capstone or MDE credit must attend an additional lecture. See below.
Weekly Meeting With Faculty (1 hr/week)
Weekly Meeting With Sponsor and Faculty (1 hr/week)
Student Work Together (2-4 hrs/week)
Tasks may include:
- Project Work
- Meeting Prep
- Completing MDP Assignments
- Sponsor Visits
Independent Work (Undergrad 8-10 hrs/week, Graduate 2-4 hrs/week)
Undergraduates earning 3-4 credits per semester will spend a total of 12-16 hours per week on the project. (This includes additional lectures for CS students earning Capstone or MDE credit)
Graduate students earning 2 credits per semester will spend a total of 8 hours per week on the project.
CS Student MDE/Capstone (4 hrs/week)
For CS students earning Capstone or MDE credit only:
CS undergraduate students approved to earn MDE or Capstone credit will spend 4 hours a week in EECS 497 lectures. (CS-MDP students enroll in a special CS section of ENGR 455, which is a meet-together course with EECS 497.)
See relevant link below for more information:
- JumpStart Kickoff Dinner – meet with sponsors and faculty
- Team Commitment Packet due in early January
- Executive Summary 1 due in early February
- Design Review Presentation 1 due in late February
- Developmental Feedback in mid March
- Design Review Presentation 2 in early April
- Executive Summary 2 in late April
May - August
- No activity in most cases. See project description to determine if there is summer work expected or internships available.
- Team meetings resume the first week of classes
- Design Review 3 Report by early October
- Design Review 4 Presentation by late October
- Developmental Feedback 2 by early November
- Design Expo by mid December
- Project Handover by mid December
Check out our current list of industry projects. Projects start in January and new projects are loaded on our website every fall. Use the search bar at the top to find projects in your major or area of interest. You can meet the sponsors in person during our on campus project fair at the end of September every year.
Attention International Students on F1 Visas: All industry sponsored teams require the use of part time CPT. In order to be eligible to use CPT, a student must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis while physically present in the US for one academic year (i.e. two full consecutive terms). These measures are in place to protect your visa status.
Members of the 2021 Subaru Team with their first place poster at the 2022 Capstone Design Conference in Dallas, TX
Northrop Grumman Corporation sent their 2021 team to present their findings to NASA at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research in Baltimore, MD
The 2020 Eaton team working safely on their prototype during the early parts of the Covid pandemic