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ALCON Capstone

Engineering tends to be a “contact sport.” You learn more as you do more. The College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara helps students become engineering professionals by pairing them with experts from industry and academia. Together, they engineer solutions for real and meaningful problems. Capstone courses are the cornerstone of these hands-on experiences. These courses provide student teams (3-5 students/project) with an opportunity to use the skills they have accumulated from their coursework, as well as their teamwork, applied to a practical project. Each team starts by developing a project concept, with the objective of creating a functional prototype that can be tested. Students must be able to describe the project exploration, design, implementation, and de-bugging processes to a knowledgeable and curious audience. There are currently four formal capstone programs at UCSB: computer science, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering.