ME 46200 is the capstone design project course in mechanical engineering in which the students follow a design process for developing a product requiring a synthesis of the majority of the subjects they have learned in their mechanical engineering education. The students in this course work in teams; design, analyze and build a computer or physical model of their design; and present their work orally to a jury of faculty and industry representatives. They also write design reports and prepare posters describing their work. In addition to the functionality and manufacturability of their design, the students are also required to consider economical, environmental, safety, and societal aspects of their design (see Syllabus and Course Outcomes for more information). The best capstone design project and best poster presentation are selected by the jury and fellow students, following the presentations made at the design day celebrations scheduled during the final week of each semester. The best design wins the Rolls-Royce Corporation award for best design.
All reports are expected to meet professional standards (see Report Format). Moreover, a formal assessment form is used by the jury to evaluate the projects (see Assessment Form). Guest speakers from industry deliver lectures on topics such as professionalism, environment, project management, quality control, and safety, on which the students are required write essays.