Capstone Frequently Asked Questions

What is the course number?

  • For ME: ME 4723 - X
  • For ECE: ECE 4873 - X + ECE 4873 - LX
  • For CS: CS 4883 - X + CS 4883 - XS
  • For BME: BMED 4883 - X + BMED 4883 X01

What is the course format?

Lectures will be for one hour on Monday afternoon (from 12:30-1:20, a portion of the scheduled 12:30-2:25 window). Teams will have weekly meetings with advisors for 30 minutes on Wednesdays (between 12:30-3:15). Three times a semester, all teams will come together for 3 hours of back-to-back presentations on Wednesday  (12:30-3:15).​

Do I need a permit to register?

No.

Do I need to apply for a spot in the course?

No.

Do I need a team or idea to enroll?

Not necessary. Students not already in a team can join a team on the first day and brainstorm ideas for the first month. Pre-existing teams may continue to stay together and may continue working on the idea they already have. 

Can I bring an idea?

Yes.  

Can I bring a team?

Yes, but all teammates must be enrolled in the course and at this time we only accept ME, ECE, and CS majors.

What size can my team be?

We accept teams with 4-7 members. Like other Capstone section, teams will typically  be between 4 - 6 students, occasionally with a team of 7. 

Are non-CS/EE/ME/BME majors allowed to do this option (i.e. ID, IE, Business, LMC, etc.)?

Not at this time.

How much funding does a single team get?

1K to start, more if needed.

What are the lectures generally about/aimed to teach?

Evidence based entrepreneurship, design, manufacturing, patents, etc. and other topics help a startup succeed.

Is each team given mentors or would we have to find our own?

Given.

Is there an end of the year presentation? Is it part of the larger GT capstone presentation or is it separate?

3 presentations throughout the semester + attend the capstone expo.


ME students:

Does this replace regular ME 4182?

Yes.

What is different from ME4182?  

We’ll spend substantial effort in the first month helping you find a problem to solve that is real, important, and unsolved.

What are the ME student options for Capstone?

  • ME 4182 section A, ME Capstone Design – ME students will work on teams to solve design challenges with an ME focus. Projects originate from industry sponsors, student ideas, or faculty driven ideas. Students are encouraged to register for the same section if they plan to work in one team, but on a case by case basis, students may be able to move across other A sections (ex. A01, A02, etc). All members of your team will be administratively moved into a single section after the start of the semester.
  • ME 4182 section ID, ME/ID Capstone Design – This is a joint section for ME and ID students. This section has Humanitarian and Industrial Projects with Industrial Design flavor.
  • ME 4723 section A, Interdisciplinary Capstone Design – Solving real-world design projects sponsored by industry or proposed by students/faculty. Student teams comprise of students from ME, MSE, BME, and/or ECE. Students attend lectures offered by their respective home schools. However, the entire interdisciplinary student team is expected to work together and report at a common supervised lab time per week to one primary faculty advisor for the team.
  • ME 4723 section X, Interdisciplinary Capstone Design – Create-X Capstone Design is dedicated to entrepreneurial projects. Student teams are comprised of exclusively ME students, or multidisciplinary teams with ME, ECE, CS, BME and IE students to design and build prototypes of their invention and explore a market demand and value proposition. Lectures will include those related to the needs of entrepreneurship and a startup. As in the traditional Capstone course, students will follow the design process, produce reports and presentations.

ECE students

Does this replace 4012?

Yes

Am I eligible?  

All students who have taken ECE 3882 or ECE 4011 are eligible to take CREATE-X Capstone (ECE 4873 - X + ECE 4873 - LX) for their 2nd semester of capstone. 4011 students should consult with their instructor about requirements imposed by ECE to leave 4011 with team intact (contact: Bruno Frazier and Mary Ann Weitnauer)

Can I get a permit or time conflict override to register?

If you completed 3006, you will need to request a permit.  Time conflict overrides will be given to ECE students to miss up to 1.5 of the Wednesday morning hours but not the Monday lecture.  Email angela.elleby@ece.gatech.edu with your GTID and CC cforest@gatech.edu


CS students

Can I get a time conflict override to register?

Time conflict overrides will be given to CS students to miss up to 1.5 of the Wednesday morning hours but not the Monday lecture.

Email avard.moncur@cc.gatech.edu with your GTID and CC cforest@gatech.edu

Can I take CREATE-X courses to fulfill my junior design requirement?

Yes, there are 2 ways to fulfill your junior design requirement using CREATE-X courses. 

  1. Students using CREATE-X for junior design take at least 6 hours of CREATE-X Start-up Lab and Idea 2 Prototype (I2P) and 3 of those 6 hours must be I2P. Students will take these 6 hours with LMC 3403 to satisfy their Technical Communication requirement.
    • 1st semester: Start-up Lab-CS 2701 OR Idea to Prototype (I2P), 3 hours
    • 2nd semester-Idea to Prototype, CS 2699/4699, 3 hours
    • 2nd semester or after: Technical Communication, LMC 3403, 3 hours
    • = 9 hours
  2. CREATE-X Capstone Design (CS4883X + CX4883XS​, 3 hours) + Technical Writing (LMC 3403, 3 hours) can be used to fulfill the junior design requirement.

Can I take LMC 3403 in the same semesters or not?

Yes either is allowable.


BME students:

Does this replace BME 4602?

Yes, but you must also take Scott Hollister's 3-hour Regulatory course, Special Topics - 37409 - BMED 4803 - HOL.