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
Tom Gielda, 515 294-4393
Dr. Ganesh Rajagopalan, 515 294-6796
Matt Nelson, 515 294-2640

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Dr. Joshua Peschel, 515 294-4814
Norm Muzzy, 515 294-5169

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr. T. J. Paskach, 515 294-7642

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Larry Cormicle, 515 294-8299
Beth Lin Hartmann, 515 294-8190

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Gary Tuttle, 515-294-1814
Dr. Joe Zambreno, 515-294-3312
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
Mike Messman, 515-294-0674
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.