Capstone Partnership and Its Benefits

Our senior engineering majors are required to complete a capstone design project, which is the culminating experience of putting into practice what they have learned at Speed School.

During this semester-long project, students form teams and collaborate with each other and a company sponsor — the Capstone Partner — to develop a prototype or a solution for a real-world challenge. As the Capstone Partner of a team, you can:

  • Move forward your innovative idea or back-burner project
  • Interact with potential future employees
  • Gain a fresh set of ideas and designs from talented students
  • Support the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and engineering education

IP and NDA Forms
The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has worked with the UofL legal office to develop an intellectual property (IP) agreement that covers all capstone projects. Students can also be asked to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) when working on an industry capstone project.

If you need the university’s IP and NDA forms for a capstone project or have any other questions, please contact:

Erica Gabbard
Director of Co-Op Partnership & Industry Engagement


Financial Support and How It’s Used
Industry-partnered capstone design projects require a donation of $2,000 to $5,000 depending on your business classification:

  • $5,000 — Corporations
  • $3,000 — Start-up companies with fewer than 50 employees/Non-profits/Government
  • $2,000 — Individuals/sole proprietorships

Of the money contributed, $1,000 will be made available for your student team to use toward the completion of the project. Any project needs above that amount will need to be covered by the industry partner. The additional amount of the donation is used by the Engineering Department to improve facilities, provide training, cover program costs, etc.

Download our Capstone Details Fact Sheet for a quick run-down of partnerships.

Partner Packages

Speed School actively seeks corporate partners to strengthen capstone events like the Engineering Design & Innovation Showcase. Here are the details about Partner Packages.


Student teams participating in the Engineering Design & Innovation Showcase 2019


Total students participating in the teams


Student project sponsors for the Engineering Design & Innovation Showcase 2019