University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

CEE Capstone Partnership

Senior “Capstone” Design is a required course for all civil and environmental engineers at UW-Madison.

With the guidance of professional mentors, students use the knowledge and interpersonal skills they have gained in their classwork and work experiences to create effective solutions to real problems.


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Michael D. Doran, P.E. DEE
Professor of Practice
1218 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Dr
Madison, WI 53706

Charlie Quagliana, AIA, NCARB
Professor of Practice
1218 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Dr
Madison, WI 53706

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Partners are an integral part of the Capstone Vision.

Strategic partners, from a wide variety of public and private sector entities, are essential to the Capstone Project Based Learning experience. 


Through a cooperative win-win arrangement, these Partners furnish “real world” projects that provide students with an open ended design problem. This Project Based Learning provides a variety of experiences, significant challenges and real designer-client interaction for the student teams. Projects come from within a broad set of themes including general building design, transportation design and environmental design, but most often are interdisciplinary in nature. 


The Capstone Partnership also facilitates interactions between UW faculty, researchers and students, and public and private partners, to address a wide range of design challenges for these regional businesses, government enterprises and institutions.

We have long standing relationship with many partners and continue to build relationships within industry and institutional opportunities.

Partners Include:


Horse barn designed by CEE capstone students in partnership with UW-Madison.