UW Bioengineering encourages bioengineering and healthcare industry members to serve as advisers to undergraduates completing their senior Capstone Design and Research Project.

Participating advisers:

  • Mentor the next generation of bioengineers
  • Propose research topics for Capstone Projects
  • Support research in an area of mutual interest
  • Support research with potential for peer-reviewed publication, grant funding and U.S. patents

Program Summary

The Capstone Design and Research Project is the culmination of three years of experiences in the undergraduate curriculum. Pairing research and design in one intensive experience, students work alone or in interdisciplinary teams to identify and solve real-world bio-related challenges for healthcare and industry. Mentored by faculty members, industry professionals and clinicians, components of this program include hands-on laboratory research, clinical needs assessment, constraints specification, design development, prototype testing and revision, and translation and commercialization pathways.

Program Quality

Capstone projects from the class of 2011 (47 students) contributed to:

  • 36 publications and national conference proceedings
  • 14 funded grant applications
  • 3 provisional or full U.S. patent applications

Tracks and Timing

Two options allow for flexibility of student team size and project length:

  • Track A: Year-long (Autumn, Winter, Spring) individual student project
  • Track B: Six-month (Winter, Spring) team-based project

Industry Advisers

UW Bioe seeks project advisers from the broader healthcare and bioengineering community. Affiliations of past advisers include: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Puget Sound Blood Center, Infectious Disease Research Institute, PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Healthcare), UW Medicine, UW Dept. of Global Health, UW Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound, King County EMS, Spencer Technologies and Amgen.

Project Support

Two dedicated faculty instructors coordinate the capstone program, facilitate project identification and execution, and provide instruction. The lead academic counselor also provides guidance to Capstone advisers and students.

If you would like to serve as a Capstone Project adviser, or to learn more, please complete the following online form:

Request for Information/Volunteer (For Industry)