Bridging the gap between academics and practice: A capstone design experience

Awad S. Hanna, Kenneth T. Sullivan

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As part of graduation requirements, the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison requires a minimum of one three credits course in a capstone design experience. The main objective of this course is to allow students the opportunity of undertaking and completing an open-ended design project. Supervision of the projects is performed by practicing engineers and department faculty. The course is a practice oriented design class that integrates several civil engineering areas. Special emphasis is placed on integrating constructability concepts with structural engineering, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and other project details. Student groups not only complete project designs, but also perform feasibility studies, value engineering, and prepare a construction schedule and cost estimate based on the designs they have generated. The objective of this paper is to describe the senior level capstone design experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Engineering education
  • Engineering services
  • Professional practices
  • Universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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