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 spring 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 summer 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:

  • Crowdsourcing Twitter for GIS-Enhanced Situational Awareness in Emergency Response
  • The Hazards of the Underground: Mechanisms for Improving the Locating Practices of Natural Gas Pipeline to Reduce the Risk to Public Safety
  • 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
  • Mason County Solid Waste Program Evaluation
  • Pervasive Sensing and Industrial Control System Cyber Risk Implications
  • The Pre-Investment Phase of the Infrastructure Project Cycle in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Resilience as a Function of the Relationship Between Emergency Management and the Food System
  •  Systems Thinking: What Is It, Why Is It Needed and How Can It Facilitate Better Management of Complex Infrastructure Systems in a Complex World
  • 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
  • The Water and Energy Nexus in California: A Risk Analysis of the Impacts of the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Facility