Capstone Industry Projects

For the biomedical engineering students at UBC, their final graduating requirement is the completion of the BMEG 457 Capstone Design Project. Using the knowledge and skills they have gained during their studies, students are tasked with challenging real world problems that require immediate solutions.

Students will begin their Capstone project in the September term. See details below.

BMEG 457: Capstone Design Project Overview

Course Schedule and Milestones

This eight-month capstone design course features teams of four to five students and is client-focused (i.e. the organizations sponsor the projects). Students are expected to put in approximately eight hours per week (per student) on the project. This includes working with their team, attending relevant lectures and workshops as well as meeting with their faculty mentors and client sponsors.

The following is a tentative description of the course milestones and deadlines:

Note that this course is currently set to be conducted in person. However, in consideration of possible changes to public health orders regarding COVID-19 restrictions and the accompanying UBC policies, this course may be conducted partially remotely. Therefore, the deadlines and deliverables could change as these restrictions and policies shift.
Milestone Date Description
Team Formation Mid-September Student teams formed
Proposal Mid-October Scope, requirements and constraints defined
Design Review I Mid-December Proof of concept design and core requirements
Design Review II Mid-March Design with full functionality
Product Review Mid-April Completion of validation and documentation

Capstone Projects Ideal Features

The best capstone projects rise from real-world data, challenges and advancements. The promise of a definitive impact along with the possibility of helping both your industry and the community are powerful drivers for innovation. The goal may not be a refined solution to a presented problem, but identifying a viable path to follow.

Below are some important features to consider for the launch of an effective capstone project:

Real Problems The more real and important the problem is to you, the more motivated the students will be.
Open-Ended Students must be able to exercise a fair amount of choice in the design and implementation strategies. You may impose reasonable constraints on the design and implementation, such as conformance to tools and strategies; however, this is not a case in which students will simply execute a given design. 
Appropriate Scope All design stages required for completion of the project (problem assessment, concept generation, prototyping, testing, etc.) should fit within the timing and effort allocated to the course: four to five students, each 8hr/week over 26 weeks (~1000 person-hours). There must be enough work to engage the team from September until April.
Non-Critical Path Students are learning, and so there is no guarantee that they will provide you with a finished solution, or that they will be able to match your internal requirements for the project timing. Therefore, the ideal project to propose would be a project that you have not had the time to tackle yet, or one that you have possible solutions to but are open to assessing alternative or better solutions. 
Confidentiality Some SBME Capstone projects may require agreements to be put in place to protect confidential background information and to define how new project intellectual property, if any is developed, will be handled. Please review our guide to mutual nondisclosure and IP agreements for confidential capstone projects below. Please note that the project is not strictly confidential. Students need to be able to write reports and make presentations to instructors and peers at UBC for grading. 

Learn More About Capstone IP and NDAs

Industrial Partner Commitment

Each industrial partner will need to commit to the full eight months of the project design course. This will include providing a mentor/representative to work with the relevant student team, financial and logistical support where applicable, and a complete detailing of the project and its available data.

Below are expected industry partner commitments for the Capstone Design Course:

Availability We expect an appropriate person from your organization to be available to the students to give them feedback regularly on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.
Resources SBME will commit a significant amount of financial resources. To make this a successful partnership and a sustainable model, we hope that you and your organization will commit in a similar fashion, feasible for your organization. We suggest that, where possible, clients/sponsors cover costs associated with the project, give students access to relevant company information (optionally under an NDA), and possibly offer access to fabrication and testing facilities (if appropriate). If funding the project is not possible, please contact us to discuss the matter further.
Program Support
We are continually trying to improve the facilities available to the students; we therefore invite satisfied clients and sponsors to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the UBC design facilities at the conclusion of the project.

Project Submission

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See the timeline for proposal submissions and review for the September semester:

Phase Dates
Initial Submission Jun 1 – July 25 Capstone’s call for projects goes out. Clients submit proposals.
Initial Feedback After seven days, before Aug 1 Capstone instructors provide feedback on proposals as they come in.
Review & Discussion As needed, done before Aug 8 Clients might revise their proposals in consultation with the capstone instructors
Final Proposal As early as possible before Aug 15 Clients submit final versions of their proposals.
Evaluation & Uptake As early as possible before Aug 22 Capstone instructors will confirm proposal admissibility for SBME student teams.

Returning to Campus

This course is currently set to be conducted in person. However, in consideration of possible changes to public health orders regarding COVID-19 restrictions and the accompanying UBC policies, this course may be conducted partially remotely. Possible restrictions may affect the ability for teams to meet in person or with you (or visit your facilities) and may reduce the bandwidth for prototyping and fabrication.

Contact Information

For more information about the course or to further discuss your potential proposal, please contact course instructors Robyn Newell and Negar M. Harandi: