Capstone Design Projects

Consider partnering with Penn State to sponsor a senior capstone design project. Projects are offered as part of the Learning Factory and provide practical hands-on experience to students in a number of engineering disciplines.

Interdisciplinary teams of students work together to tackle projects sponsored by industrial clients. These teams collaborate with engineering faculty, who serve as mentors and advisers, to devise ideas to solve engineering problems. Students take these ideas from concept to reality by designing, prototyping, and simulating real solutions in state-of-the-art facilities.

This program challenges students to apply the knowledge and tools acquired during their undergraduate education to solve real-world engineering problems. It provides a unique opportunity for industry to partner with Penn State to help educate the next generation of world-class engineers.

Benefits to Sponsors:

  • Uncovering fresh ideas and solutions to real problems
  • Investigating low cost, low risk new ideas
  • Creating corporate exposure opportunities throughout campus
  • Improving engineering education at Penn State
  • Interacting with bright, energetic, creative young minds
  • Networking with other companies and Penn State faculty
  • Identifying opportunities for future research projects

How to become a Sponsor:

Contact the Learning Factory staff to talk about sponsoring a project. A sample of past projects can also be found on the Learning Factory site.



The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569