All undergraduates in the CU Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department are required to take a two-semester capstone project course during their senior year. This course consists of Design Synthesis in the fall semester and Design Practicum in the spring semester.

Educational Purpose

The purpose of the Senior Projects course is for students to learn the systems engineering process, develop professional skills, and integrate science and engineering knowledge in a rigorous, structured, requirements-based design environment. Every project conceives, designs, manufactures, and tests a system to solve a specific customer problem.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Problem identification
  • Requirements definition
  • Engineering design
  • Manufacturing to specifications
  • Systems engineering
  • System test and analysis
  • Project Management
  • Team dynamics
  • Communication skills
  • Professional-level responsibility
    and accountability
  • Customer interaction

Sponsor Benefits

Exploratory or proof-of-concept projects can be quite successful as an undergraduate capstone senior project. Benefits to the customer include:

  • Faculty-mentored student teams work on targeted company problems
  • Opportunity to assess potential future employees
  • On-the-job training for potential future employees
  • Professional mentoring of the next generation of aerospace employees
  • Support of hands-on, project-based education


Course Coordinator Jelliffe Jackson