Carnegie Mellon University

Project Sponsorships

Collaborating with the Masters of Software Engineering programs at Carnegie Mellon is an excellent way for organizations of all sizes to build reliable, fruitful hiring pipelines into a program that is tailored to the needs of a rapidly evolving tech landscape. As a member of our Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), your organization will build valuable equity with our body of promising young engineers through project sponsorship. A range of options are available to fit many budgets and suit a wide range of strategic hiring objectives.

Project Sponsorship

Our MSE, MSE–Embedded Systems and MSE–Scalable Systems degree programs include a significant project component. Each project is a team-oriented, real-world, sponsor-supported capstone effort that provides a sandbox in which students demonstrate their grasp of core software engineering concepts. Students design and develop a product, interact with customers, and manage team tasks and processes in a full life-cycle environment. This experience affords students the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to practice in a realistic setting.

Each team is assigned one or more faculty mentors who have significant industrial experience. Through weekly team and one-on-one meetings, mentors help to guide the project, ensuring that students remain focused and encouraging them to take personal responsibility for the project's outcomes.


The most successful projects are almost always those which are sponsored by engaged, excited clients. Your involvement is key to the success of both the student team and the delivered product. What does that involvement look like?

  • One designated technical point-of-contact at your organization
  • Approximately 1-3 hrs per week of that contact’s time to meet with student team
  • Commitment to attend August kick-off event in Pittsburgh
  • Commitment to attend December final project presentations

Featured Projects



The opioid crises in America claims hundreds of lives a day. Working with pharmaceutical consulting firm, Pinney Associates, our students designed and built a prototype wearable that can detect an overdose and save lives. 

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With recent advances in energy technologies, numerous decommissioned nuclear facilities now sit vacant. Alongside their clients in the Department of Energy and Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, our students designed and developed vital backend infrastructure for a robotic platform that can enable safe, efficient demolition of these sites. 

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