Capstone Project

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

Planning and Execution

Students are encouraged to start contemplating a capstone topic as soon as they enter the program. Your instructors, adviser, advisory board members and fellow students are all potential sources of input, ideas and feedback on your topic selection.

Capstones can be research projects or experiential learning experiences. For experiential learning, you’ll find a partner organization to work with for the duration of the project. In winter quarter of your second year, you’ll finalize your topic and design the research effort that the project will require. Then you’ll carry out the research and the writing of the project in spring quarter. Although capstones are individual projects, the work is semi-collaborative and students will give and receive feedback throughout the process.

Capstone Project Examples

Final capstone topics can vary tremendously. Below is a list of recent capstone projects by infrastructure field related topics. Should you have an interest for more information on any of these topics, please email a request to

Communications/Cyber Security

Cloud Computing: Considerations for Municipal Government (2013) 

Improving Holistic Security Through Business Continuity for Response to Cyber Security Incidents (2016)

Pervasive Sensing and Industrial Control System Cyber Risk Implications (2015)

Emergency Management/Resiliency/Housing

Emergency Sheltering Plan and Private Sector Roles/Responsibilities (2017)

Preparing for the Next Hurricane: Improving Resiliency and Preparedness for Savannah, GA (2018)


Distributed Generation: Challenges Facing Integration of Energy Resilience (2019)

Sub-Saharan Microgrids: An Approach to Addressing Energy Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa (2018)


The Pre-Investment Phase of the Infrastructure Project Cycle in Latin America and the Caribbean (2014)

Food Systems

Examining the Roles of Cooperative Grocery Stores as a Tool for Local Food System Planning (2018)

Resilience as a Function of the Relationship Between Emergency Management and the Food System (2015)

Public Health 

Stakeholder and Health Assessment in Countries with Shale Gas Resources: A Case Study (2017)


Helping Communities Become More Resilient Through the Use of Asset Based Risk-Assessment for Transportation Systems (2014)

Transportation-Oriented Development Solutions for California's Housing Shortages (2019)

Water Resources Management

Accounting for Climate Change Impacts on Transnational Rivers Transecting the Netherlands (2019)

Case for Improving Davenport, Iowa's CRS Score to a Class 5 (2018)

Green Infrastructure: Stormwater and Big Business, a Changing Landscape (2017)

Reexamining Justification for Floodplain Acquisition (2018)

The Water and Energy Nexus in California: A Risk Analysis of the Impacts of the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Facility (2015)