Through UTDesign Capstone, companies have the ability to extend their resources and partner with teams of talented seniors from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Through corporate sponsors, these students are given the opportunity to solve real world problems in new and innovative ways.
Corporate Sponsors play one of the largest roles in UTDesign Capstone. The UTDesign Capstone team is coached by two advisors: a UT Dallas advisor, who is an expert or has some degree of technical familiarity with the project; and a corporate mentor, who acts as the technical point of contact for the company. The corporate partner provides the problem to be solved; UTDesign Capstone provides a team trained in:
At the end of the project, which serves as the capstone of students’ undergraduate education, all results are turned over to the corporate partner.
Depending on the characteristics and field of the project, companies may expect some or all of the following deliverables:
UTDesign Capstone projects may result in ideas, inventions, creations, developments or improvements that are important to corporate sponsors. Partners typically secure rights to UTDesign intellectual property by having student participants sign intellectual property (IP) agreements and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
Intellectual Property Agreement (IP) – Corporate partners are encouraged to enter into mutually acceptable agreements with the UTDesign students and their teams. This allows them to secure rights to the IP developed during the course of the project. These agreements are to be made between the company and the students.
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) – All students engaged in corporate projects must be aware of and committed to an NDA. Usually, the NDA is incorporated into the IP agreement.
There is $2,000 DISCOUNT if the project proposal has been submitted through UTDesign Capstone portal 30 DAYS before the semester begins.
Funding from corporate partners supports UTDesign Capstone projects by providing materials, licensing, studio facilities, staff and UT Dallas Advisor. The cost above covers up to $2,000 for materials and fabrication expenses for engineering projects, and $1,000 for computer science. The UT Dallas Advisor and corporate mentor will discuss options for reimbursing costs that exceed these expenses.
In addition to hosting senior teams, several companies elect to support the entire studio in ways that include:
The involvement of the company is crucial for the success of the project and the learning process for the student. To help the team succeed, the corporate mentor must:
Previous corporate mentors recommend the following as best practices:
I’ve never done anything like this before, so what is my first step?
Brainstorm some ideas for projects with people from your company. Submit these ideas through the online portal. Schedule a meeting with the UTDesign Capstone Faculty Director to discuss topic ideas. Determine together the appropriate scope of the project and whether the project will be successful for the students and your company. The project scope is designed to have a rigorous yet achievable “minimally viable product” and a couple of stretch goals.
What should I expect after I submit a UTDesign project proposal?
A UTDesign director will contact you to discuss your project. Once all details of the project are worked out, you can secure the project by making a commitment and/or down payment before classes start. Your team will be assigned as soon as possible into the semester.