Capstone Project


All students in the online Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program will complete a capstone project. This two-quarter project will allow you to synthesize the knowledge you've learned throughout the program by conducting research and applying it to a real-world problem.

Students are encouraged to start contemplating a capstone topic as soon as they enter the program. Your instructors, advisor, advisory board members and fellow students are all potential sources of input, ideas and feedback on topics you may be considering.

Spring quarter of your second year is spent finalizing your topic and designing the research effort that the project will require. The actual research, drafting and completion of the project will occur during summer quarter. Although capstones are individual projects, the work is semi-collaborative and students will give and receive feedback throughout the process.

Final capstone topics can vary tremendously. Below is a list of capstone projects from 2015:

  • The Impact of Intelligent Transportation Systems in the Puget Sound Region and their Benefits in Promoting Growth, Efficiency and Sustainability
  • The Impact of Natural Disasters on the Evacuations of the Senior Population
  • The Impact of the Alaska Shield (2013) and New Madrid (2014) Earthquake Exercises on the Development and Conduct of the Cascadia Rising (2016) Earthquake Exercise: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • Using County-Level Infrastructure to Empower Washington’s Veterans: Integrating Public Health Infrastructure and Infrastructure Finance Practices to Improve the Efficacy and Efficiency of RCW 73.08-Mandated Veterans Assistance Funds
  • Systems Thinking: What Is It, Why Is It Needed and How Can It Facilitate Better Management of Complex Infrastructure Systems in a Complex World
  • Pervasive Sensing and Industrial Control System Cyber Risk Implications
  • Crowdsourcing Twitter for GIS Enhanced Situational Awareness in Emergency Response
  • Effective Planning for the Logistics of Multiple and Simultaneous Natural and Manmade Disasters
  • The Water and Energy Nexus in California: A Risk Analysis of the Impacts of the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Facility
  • The Hazards of the Underground: Mechanisms for Improving the Locating Practices of Natural Gas Pipeline to Reduce the Risk to Public Safety
  • Resilience as a Function of the Relationship Between Emergency Management and the Food System