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Our eProjects program brings students and industry together to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.

We are able to attract and retain students of the highest potential because of the exemplary interdisciplinary team-based learning experiences that these projects provide.

Faculty are an integral part of the eProject program, assigning students to teams and mentoring them throughout the project development process.

Students develop project management, teamwork and communication skills while applying newly acquired knowledge, giving them the best workplace experience available in a university environment.

Industry partners have access to student creativity and expertise solving a real-world problem while enjoying the opportunity to assess potential intern and workforce candidates.

Through the eProjects program, industry partners have the opportunity to engage with us in a mutually beneficial relationship; challenges defined by industry partners are solved through the diligence of student teams working under the expertise of faculty members.

How it Works
Each eProject involves four to eight students, who work together in an interdisciplinary team for either a semester or academic year, dependent on the complexity of the project. The industry partner commits to funding the project for materials, equipment and other expenses incurred by the project. The project sponsor also provides a project liaison with whom the student team interacts to develop detailed project requirements, exchange information, negotiate changes and present interim and final results. In turn, the partner receives full access to all project outcomes and results. Intellectual property is retained by the industry partner.

Capstones, eProjects and EPICS: what are the differences?

Capstones are specific to senior design and accreditation requirements and are an integrative experience building on prior knowledge; thus capstone students are in their senior year. eProjects can involve teams across all levels of students, require specific active sponsor engagement and support, and can be conducted in or out of formal coursework (although typically they would be for-credit). They can be a technical content learning experience for freshman, sophomore, junior students, whereas capstones are not. eProjects can serve as capstones. Engineering Projects in Community Service or EPICS projects and eProjects share many similar features.

Through EPICS, multidisciplinary teams of engineering undergraduate students are using their technical skills and innovative ideas to design and implement solutions for not-for-profit organizations in our community and around the world.