University of Idaho Engineering Capstone Program Recognized as One of Nation’s Best

Tuesday, December 4 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The National Academy of Engineering has recognized the University of Idaho College of Engineering’s capstone design program as one of the best in the nation.

The capstone program is among 29 engineering education programs chosen for their achievements, and one of only seven capstone programs highlighted in the National Academy’s report, “Infusing Real-World Experiences into Engineering Education.”

Every U-Idaho engineering graduate participates in a senior capstone design course before heading to graduate school or entering the workforce. Through the capstone program, senior engineering and computer science students apply their education to solving a complex problem, typically supported by an industry sponsor.

The report recognizes the capstone program for industry/university collaboration and a self-sustaining structure centered on peer mentoring where graduate students guide seniors, some of whom become graduate students the following year and repeat the peer-mentoring process.

The National Academy of Engineering is the nation’s foremost engineering leadership organization. College of Engineering Dean Larry Stauffer said the National Academy’s recognition is the highest seal of approval the college can receive.

“Design and hands-on activities are signatures of our program,” Stauffer said. “These are two characteristics we are known for, and they are valued by industry and valued by our students.”

The University of Idaho Engineering Design EXPO showcases capstone projects each year. The EXPO is the Northwest’s largest and longest-running interdisciplinary initiative, featuring students’ engineering and technological innovations. The EXPO will celebrate its 20th anniversary April 26, 2013.
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