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The UW Electrical & Computer Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurial (ENGINE) capstone program develops students’ skills in collaborative systems engineering and project management, while supporting a thriving  culture of innovation at the UW and within the local community through industry partnerships and student mentorship.

View the 2020 ENGINE capstone projects here!


The ENGINE program was created to enable students to work in teams on industry sponsored projects. Developed in 2015 as the first entrepreneurial system design course of its kind in the department, the option is designed to develop students’ skills in innovation, systems engineering and project management. UW ECE is a leader in entrepreneurship efforts across campus, with more start-ups than any other department, and Reuters ranked UW as the #1 public university in the world for innovation in 2015. The ENGINE program offers select companies an opportunity to benefit from the vibrant innovation culture at UW ECE.

ENGINE’s Impact

From student success to global development, the ENGINE program’s impact is far-reaching.

  • Students gain real-world experience, positioning them for a future of success.
  • Industry partners enhance their company’s vision and productivity through UW ECE’s world-renowned innovation culture and student collaboration.
  • The projects span several research areas for global impact, addressing health, the environment, security,
  • The companies that engage with the ENGINE program are native to Washington State, boosting the local economy.
  • Skilled students provide the community with a valuable workforce for future growth and development.

ENGINE’s Growth

Although this is only the program’s fifth year, ENGINE continues to grow each year.

  • Over 100% growth in the number of projects since the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Nearly 3 times the number of companies since the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Over 40% of UW ECE’s graduating class participate in ENGINE.
  • On average, each company submits 1.3 projects for students to work on, with the largest outside company submitting 4 projects.

Top Company Participation

Uber Volvo Booz Allen Hamilton
T-Mobile Sound Transit Intellectual Ventures

View our complete company list for 2017-2018.

High-Impact Projects

View our project list for 2016-2017.

Resources for Industry

Innovation Partners benefit from the outstanding variety and depth of research at UW ECE.

For additional information on an industry partner’s role in ENGINE, click here.

Resources for Students

This is a year-long course for UW Electrical & Computer Engineering students. By participating in this program, you will earn 2-credits.

Please speak with your advisor about signing up for EE 400 C for autumn, winter and spring quarters.


For additional information on the course or how our industry partners can get involved, please contact: