Submitting a Project

If you have a project you would like to propose to the Capstone Design Program, please contact the departmental capstone design program coordinator. If you are unsure of which department to contact or the type of projects that can be included, or have questions regarding the departmental programs, please contact Carey Novak of CIRAS at 515 294-1705 or cenovak@iastate.edu.

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has programs available to help Iowa manufacturers participate in Capstone Design. For more information, contact Carey Novak of CIRAS at 515 294-1705 or cenovak@iastate.edu.

Intellectual Property

Standard policy at Iowa State University regarding the intellectual property created in undergraduate design courses is that it belongs to the student or instructor creating it. Many departments have made arrangements transfer IP rights or to share IP rights with sponsor companies if requested. Please inquire with the department contacts listed or call Carey Novak of CIRAS at 515 294-1705 or cenovak@iastate.edu.

Capstone Department Contacts

Program coodinators are bolded.

Aerospace Engineering

Travis Grager, 515-294-4393


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Raj Raman, 515 294-0465
Michael Anderson, 515 294-2129


Chemical and Biological Engineering

T. J. Paskach, 515 294-7642
John Kaiser, 515-294-8575


Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Charles Jahren, 515-294-3829
Beth Lin Hartmann, 515 294-8190


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Akhilesh Tyagi, 515-294-4396
Tom Daniels, 515-294-8375
ECpE Capstone website


Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

David Sly, 515 296-3120
IMSE Capstone website


Materials Science and Engineering

Martha Selby, 515 294-0195
Dr. Rebecca Cademartiri, 515 294-3327
MSE Design Projects


Mechanical Engineering

Jim Heise, 515 294-3857
Jackie Baughman, 515 294-5523
Scott Merkle, 515 294-5575
Sebastien Feve, 515-294-0069
Owen Kolstad, 515-294-8982
ME Capstone website


Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

Carey Novak, 515 294-1705
CIRAS Capstone website

If you are unsure of which department to contact or the type of projects that can be included, or have questions regarding the departmental programs, please contact Carey Novak of CIRAS at 515 294-1705 or cenovak@iastate.edu.