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Glenn University Senior Capstone Projects

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. The agency has a diverse workforce of just under 18,000 civil servants, and works with many more U.S. contractors, academia, and international and commercial partners to explore, discover, and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.


The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) develops innovative technologies for aeronautics and space exploration. The Center seeks to strengthen its collaboration with Engineering and Science Departments within U.S. Universities and Colleges by offering Capstone projects to senior level undergraduate students.

The Capstones are designed to provide authentic research, design and development opportunities for students, based upon current in-house research and engineering engagements. GRC provides technical expertise and guidance to complete the Capstone projects. Universities and Colleges are expected to use existing on-campus resources to successfully complete execution of project(s).


The Capstone collaboration will connect university and college students with GRC opportunities which will result in academic course credit.


    This is a NASA GRC-Academia collaboration that encompasses the following elements:

    • A Kick-Off meeting
    • Engaging research and work with a NASA Subject Mater Expert (SME)
    • A NASA-related engineering problem to solve
    • A mid-Project review
    • A final 15-page report and final presentation


    Students must be enrolled in an accredited academic institution. Students must be U.S. citizens. Teams must attend the Virtual Kickoff Meeting of the focused aeronautics and/or space project. Teams must comprise a minimum of four and maximum of six students.

    Teams must have a student Team Lead/Point of Contact (POC). Team Leads/POCs register all team members through their academic institution no later than 11:59 PM, EST on November 6, 2023. Team Leads/POCs ensure team members complete and sign the required Agreement Form, and send member forms*. Teams must have an on-campus faculty member volunteer serving as advisor for the complete duration of the Capstone Project.


    2023-2024 University Senior Capstone Project

    Contact Information

    Gavin Custer
    Education Program Specialist – NASA Glenn Office of STEM Engagement
    (216) 433 – 3997

    Glenn Research Center – Office of STEM Engagement

    Phone: (216) 433-6656

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