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Prospective Project Sponsor?

Please send an email to design@mines.edu to start exploring opportunities with program staff. Every semester the college has over 60 student design teams who need great challenges to engage with. What opportunities do you or your organization have that could be addressed by a student team?

Project Sponsorship 101.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT PROJECT: Since this is the Capstone experience for our students, we are looking for projects with several key elements. A few of the most important ones include offering: a project with a broad enough scope to challenge a team of five students for two semesters, a challenge that allows consideration of multiple alternative solutions, a challenge that requires the students involved to directly apply their undergraduate course work, and, a project that will provide students with a positive and realistic professional practice experience. For examples of great past projects check out the Trade Fair Program available on under the Trade Fair tab. FIRST STEPS TO BECOMING A PROJECT SPONSOR: We want projects to be a great experience for both our students and our project sponsors. To help clarify needs and expectations on both ends early, we ask project sponsors to: 1. Compile a project “one-pager” that lists a brief overview of the project you envision and a list of deliverables you expect as an output (click here for an example). 2. Upload your project application to our online project submission system EduSourced Project Submission  3. Consider attending a Trade Fair event prior to becoming a client so that you can see what the students are capable of and get a feel for the range of complexity and quality to expect from your team. PROJECT SPONSORSHIP FEE: The Capstone Program is a critical, but expensive, program for the college. For this reason, project sponsors are asked to provide $5,000 per project. Half of that fee is made available to your team for purchasing materials. The additional amount is used to support program facilities, overhead and community development projects.
TIME COMMITMENT: The involvement of the sponsor is a key factor in the success of the project. Great project sponsors will commit one individual for approximately one hour per week to support the student team. In addition, any training or on-site resources that you can make available to the students are greatly appreciated. STUDENTS AS CONSULTANTS: The most successful partners recognize that the Capstone Design program is primarily an educational program. They: View sponsoring a project as an outreach activity which helps train their junior engineers for management. Choose projects from their “nice-to-have” list and avoid having students on their critical path. Treat students like an entry-level engineer and plan on providing guidance throughout the process. BENEFITS OF BECOMING A PROJECT SPONSOR:  Sponsoring a project is a great way for companies to get their name out on campus and meet students before graduation. Our team building process attempts to pair students with their areas of interest, so that project sponsors are working with a group of students interested in the company. For all project sponsors, even those not hoping to hire our students, you will get a dedicated group of students exploring your challenge for two semesters (~30 weeks total). These students have access to the facilities and faculty at Mines and have been known to come up with pretty great solutions. WANT TO KNOW MORE: If you are want more information on the Capstone Design@Mines Program please take the time to watch the video embedded on this page. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the information on the Contact page.

Capstone Design@Mines

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Prospective

Project Sponsor?

Please send an email to design@mines.edu to start exploring opportunities with program staff. Every semester the college has over 60 student design teams who need great challenges to engage with. What opportunities do you or your organization have that could be addressed by a student team?

Project Sponsorship 101.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT PROJECT: Since this is the Capstone experience for our students, we are looking for projects with several key elements. A few of the most important ones include offering: a project with a broad enough scope to challenge a team of five students for two semesters, a challenge that allows consideration of multiple alternative solutions, a challenge that requires the students involved to directly apply their undergraduate course work, and, a project that will provide students with a positive and realistic professional practice experience. For examples of great past projects check out the Trade Fair Program available on under the Trade Fair  tab. FIRST STEPS TO BECOMING A PROJECT SPONSOR:  We want projects to be a great experience for both our students and our project sponsors. To help clarify needs and expectations on both ends early, we ask project sponsors to: 1. Compile a project “one-pager” that lists a brief overview of the project you envision and a list of deliverables you expect as an output (click here for an example). 2. Upload your project application to our online project submission system EduSourced Project Submission  3. Consider attending a Trade Fair event prior to becoming a client so that you can see what the students are capable of and get a feel for the range of complexity and quality to expect from your team. PROJECT SPONSORSHIP FEE: The Capstone Program is a critical, but expensive, program for the college. For this reason, project sponsors are asked to provide $5,000 per project. Half of that fee is made available to your team for purchasing materials. The additional amount is used to support program facilities, overhead and community development projects.
TIME COMMITMENT: The involvement of the sponsor is a key factor in the success of the project. Great project sponsors will commit one individual for approximately one hour per week to support the student team. In addition, any training or on-site resources that you can make available to the students are greatly appreciated. STUDENTS AS CONSULTANTS: The most successful partners recognize that the Capstone Design program is primarily an educational program. They: View sponsoring a project as an outreach activity which helps train their junior engineers for management. Choose projects from their “nice-to-have” list and avoid having students on their critical path. Treat students like an entry-level engineer and plan on providing guidance throughout the process. BENEFITS OF BECOMING A PROJECT SPONSOR:  Sponsoring a project is a great way for companies to get their name out on campus and meet students before graduation. Our team building process attempts to pair students with their areas of interest, so that project sponsors are working with a group of students interested in the company. For all project sponsors, even those not hoping to hire our students, you will get a dedicated group of students exploring your challenge for two semesters (~30 weeks total). These students have access to the facilities and faculty at Mines and have been known to come up with pretty great solutions. WANT TO KNOW MORE: If you are want more information on the Capstone Design@Mines Program please take the time to watch the video embedded on this page. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the information on the Contact page.