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Focus Areas

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The focus area is designed to help students build the foundation for their capstone project. The focus area consists of 9 credits selected by the student that fall into one of five focus areas.

  • Research

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Design

  • Public Service

  • Business/Global Operations (EGL Specialization)

Click below to learn more focus areas and capstone experiences.


Matteo Dristas
BSE Data Science 2020

Capstone Experience: Analysis of Political Biases Using Deep Writing

Related Focus Area Coursework:

  • IOE 310: Introduction to Optimization Methods
  • STATS 406: Computational Methods in Statistics and Data Science
  • STATS 426: Introduction to Theoretical Statistics


Melissa Brei
BSE Mechanical Engineering 2021

Capstone Experience: SIFT

Related Focus Area Coursework:

  • ENTR 410: Finding your Venture
  • ENTR 417: Entrepreneurship Hour Discussion Session
  • MECHENG 290: RISE 2 – Research, Innovation, Service and Entrepreneurship
  • ENGR 255: Introductiory Multidisciplinary Engineering Project


Sahil Farishta + Rupal Nigam
BSE Aerospace Engineering 2020 + BSE Computer Science 2020

Capstone Experience: Collaborative Lab for Advancing Work in Space (CLAWS)

Related Focus Area Coursework:

  • EECS 442: Computer Vision
  • EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning
  • EECS 498: Conversational AI

Public Service

Abby Chapin 
BSE Mechanical Engineering 2020

Capstone Experience: Human-Centered Design Study of Engineering Student Food Security

Related Focus Area Coursework:

  • ENGR 355: Intermediate Multidisciplinary Engineering Project, Socially Engaged Design Project
  • ENGR 355: Intermediate Multidisciplinary Engineering Project, Woven Wind Project Team
  • MECHENG 489: Sustainable Engineering and Design

Business/Global Operations (EGL Specialization)

Charlie Moore 
BSE Material Science and Engineering 2019
MSE Industrial Operations and Engineering 2020

Capstone Experience: Pollution Ink and Sustainability Improvement

Related Focus Area Coursework:

  • MFG 501: Topics in Global Operations
  • TO 605: Manufacturing and Supply Operations
  • ACC 471: Accounting Principles
  • TO 624: Strategic Sourcing

The focus area courses students select must meet these guidelines:

  • 9 credits of advanced electives
  • 300-level or higher
  • Courses can come from technical electives, general electives, or intellectual breadth
  • Independent study, special topics, directed study, or research credits must include a detailed description of the work completed for credit, and how it will support your capstone project; up to 3 credits of independent study or research may be approved
  • Courses may not double-count with your core major requirements or academic minor requirements (unless the student has more than one minor)
  • Students may arrange credit hours for their capstone, but these credit hours may not be used towards the focus area
  • For multi-semester projects (research, MDP projects, etc.), a maximum of 3 credits may count towards the focus area. The final semester of capstone credits may not count towards the focus area.

Focus areas and focus area courses are discussed in more detail in Honors Seminar 1, and during your first semester in the College of Engineering Honors Program with the Honors Advisor. Students will submit a focus area proposal no later then the last semester of their junior year.

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Stacie Edington

(734) 763-0505

251 Chrysler

Honors Location:
251 Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Walk-In Peer Advising Hours:
Monday – Friday
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
(September – April)

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Phone: (734) 763-0505