July 21, 2020

Dear ECE undergrad and grad students,
We had our fifth and very successful iteration of the Entrepreneurial/Industry mentored Capstone in Winter and Spring 2020, with over 40 projects from sponsors such as T-Mobile, Microsoft, Amazon, NASA JPL, Boeing, BECU, Offerup, Seattle City Light, and more. See the winning teams, and stories on some projects at
See attached pdf files for more details on the 2018, 2019, and 2020 projects. Or if you prefer to view them online, you can filter all College projects by the ECE Department here:
See here for a short video overview:

We will have projects from many other new companies next round. You will work on real-world problems that will transition to actual products – imagine that on your resume! You may also have job offers before you graduate, from the companies you will work with – this is now quite common with our projects.

To start on this path, we offer a unique seminar class in the Fall, EE 496, which meets online Fridays from 11:30 am -12:50 pm. This is a light 2-credit class to let you do a “slow start” on the projects, and be exposed to topics such as  systems engineering, project management, budgeting, scheduling, patents and IP, and balance sheets.

I encourage you to sign up for EE 496 or its graduate section, EE 598E, this fall to see what this program is all about. You can then followup in Winter and Spring with EE 497+498 (4 credits each), or if you are a graduate student, with EE 598. All concentrations are welcome – ask us or EE advising on how this program works with your background and interests.

Details about the three courses are here:

If you have any questions, ping me.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you (virtually) in class in the fall!


Payman Arabshahi
Associate Professor, Industry Liaison, Electrical and Computer Eng.
Principal Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Washington