Benefits of a Capstone Partnership

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 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 the UofL capstone non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when working on an industry capstone project.

Capstone Calendar
Below is the breakdown of departments with capstone courses by semester that conduct industry partnered capstone projects.

Fall Semester

  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Spring Semester

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Employers can submit a Spring 2022 project proposal from August 15, 2021-October 31, 2021.

For more information, please contact:

Erica Gabbard
Director of 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:

  • $2,000 — Individuals
  • $3,000 — Start-up companies (50 employees or less)/Non-profits/Government
  • $5,000 — Corporations

Of the money contributed, up to $1,000 will be 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 gift is used by the engineering department to improve facilities, provide training, and cover program costs related to capstone and/or the overall academic mission of the Speed School. Please note that 80% of your support is deemed tax deductible.

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

For more information about the Speed School Capstone Program, please contact:

Erica Gabbard
Director of Co-Op Partnership & Industry Engagement


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 participated in the 2019 Engineering Design & Innovation Showcase


Total students participated in the capstone teams


Industry project partners for the 2019 Engineering Design & Innovation Showcase