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The BYU Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Program
The Civil & Environmental Engineering Capstone Program is a two semester educational program for undergraduate and graduate students. This program enables cross-functional student teams from a variety of Civil Engineering areas (Environmental/Water, Geotechnical, Structures, and Transportation) to work on real sponsored projects.
Each team is assigned a graduate student mentor who will guide the undergraduate student team through the development of a design solution for the project. Research indicates that students work harder and more creatively when their projects are authentic and of real consequence to a sponsoring “client”. Over the two semesters, students are taught design methods and are given insights into the latest technologies in civil and environmental engineering which gives them a chance to use this in a structured design process that mimics what is done in professional practice, in fact we refer to the 472 class where students are doing the actual work as an “on campus internship.”