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Pulling it all together

A capstone project is a year-long experience that is the culmination of a Blugold's materials science and biomedical engineering education at UW-Eau Claire. Each student must develop a materials-related project to address a question or problem that draws from across their experiences and skills as a student. These open-ended projects are exciting because the student has a chance to apply their education to solve a practical problem.

There isn't always a right answer, but the process of investigating the question leads to new knowledge and new skills for the students involved. These projects have real-world applications and are frequently developed with input from an industry contact or a research mentor. Projects can be science- or engineering-focused and always tie back to the materials.

Being able to work closely with faculty and instruments gave me a unique experience that set me apart from the rest of the crowd.

Mathew Guenther Materials Science

Every student gains hands-on experience developing and executing the project, analyzing the data, working in groups, and presenting their results to different audiences both for presentations and in written reports. Blugolds get to explore a sub-topic of materials under their own direction, whether that is through an internship and continuing project with a local glass-making company, or a research project on metal nanowires. These capstone projects are opportunities to prepare students for their next career step, either for a job in the materials industry or graduate school. Capstone projects also provide opportunities for regional companies to explore problems or questions that they don't have the time or resources to investigate themselves.

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Industrial Capstone Projects

Kellan Michaelson poses with a demonstration window at Andersen Corporation

Second degree in MSE leads to a new role in Andersen Corporation

Non-traditional student in Materials Science and Engineering, Kellan Michaelson, is eager to begin a new career in engineering roles as his second bachelor’s degree concludes.

Next career success
Grey Larson prepares to test the strength of new building materials using the Instron mechanical tester in the Materials Science & Engineering Center

Ancient Technique May Provide New Solutions in Affordable Housing

Materials Science student Greylan Larson tested the compression strength of compacted earth, a potential new building material for local construction start-up Earth Origin Building to create long-lasting, affordable, low-carbon homes.

New life for ancient materials
Previous Industrial Capstone Projects

Eric Miller at Cardinal Glass, 2017

Research Capstone Projects

Ziyan Yang poses with a demonstration of her computational research into better battery materials.

Battery research opens door to graduate study in electrochemical technologies

Materials Science and Engineering student Ziyan Yang is working on computational design of novel materials for energy storage, which inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in electrochemical technologies at the University of Oregon.

Building better batteries
Laskowski in polymer science lab

Opening multiple doors to success

The freedom to explore in Materials Science and the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research has unlocked some incredible and diverse doors for graduating senior, Elizabeth Laskowski, to choose from.

Opening Doors
Berger in superconductor lab

Superconductor research sparks one magnetic resume

Kasey Berger used her research on superconductors to learn skills including planning experiments, developing experimental procedures, and presenting research findings. Her experience has prepared her for a successful career in industry.

Magnetic Results
Previous Research Capstone Projects

Elizabeth Laskowski 2018

Kasey Berger 2018

Sarah Sortedahl 2017

Developmental Capstone Projects

Peter McCamley and Mathew Guenther capstone project injection molding for MS+E

Materials Science capstone leads to plastics careers

Two senior materials science majors tested the strength and stiffness of injection molded plastic parts. Their results have contributed to the new MS+E processing lab, and they have landed industrial positions in the plastics industry.

Capstone to industry
Previous Developmental Capstone Projects

Mathew Guenther and Peter McCamley 2017

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