Capstone Design Projects

The undergraduate programs in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering culminate in a significant design experience delivered through a Capstone Design course. Students carry out the design and economic assessment of a major, environmentally-sound process in chemical and/or biological engineering. Students work in teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor and, when possible, mentored by a practicing professional engineering from industry to ensure relevance and quality.

The Capstone Design project is a unique and tremendously beneficial experience for students and we very are appreciative of the industry professionals who dedicated time to the review of the 2019-2020 Capstone projects and who provided valuable feedback to students. We also thank the industry sponsors for assisting students in the development and successful completion of their projects.

2019 – 2020 Capstone Design Projects

ProjectsAudio PresentationsPosters (click to enlarge)
Industrial Wax Ester Production Using Engineered Rhodococcus jostii
Group B1
Biosynthesis of Erythritol from Crude Glycerol using Yarrowia lipolytica
Group B2
Fungal Pre-treatment of Lignocellulosic Waste for Anaerobic Digestion and Upgrading to Renewable Natural Gas
Group B3
Seawater Desalination with a Membrane Bioreactor in Southern California
Group B4
Comox Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades: Biological Nutrient Recovery and Biogas Production
Group B5
Polylactic Acid (PLA) Plastics from Sugarcane Bagasse
Group B6
Cyanide Treatment Using Pure SO2
Group P1
Biomass Gasification with Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
Group P2
Fuel Production from Waste Plastic
Group P3
Thermal Treatment of Vacuum Residue Using Delayed Coking
Group P4
CO2 Sequestration and Storage in Saline Aquifers
Group P5
Natural Gas Processing and Liquefaction for Large-Scale LNG Production
Group P6
Nuclear Powered Carbon Capture and Water Electrolysis for Gasoline Production Using Fischer-Tropsch
Group P7
Design of a Small-Scale LNG Plant for Remote Applications
Group P8
Hydrogen Production by Steam-Methane Reformation and Water-Gas Shift with Carbon Capture
Group P9
Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage
Group P10