AFRL Student Challenge

Welcome to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Student Challenge Capstone Project!


Learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its challenges in growing and maintaining strategic skill sets.

Problem Statements

This program is aimed at helping senior engineers by providing topics and funding for projects in areas of interest to the Air Force.


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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is facing challenges in growing and maintaining strategic skill sets in its workforce, particularly in the key disciplines of Aerospace, Materials, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Software Development, and Engineering Mechanics.

The AFRL Senior Capstone Project has been established to address these challenges by having senior engineering students work projects in research areas that represent specific technical challenges to AFRL, and meet the universities’ engineering departmental requirements for a senior “capstone project”.

The purpose of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to work on projects with the Air Force Research Laboratory, learn more about AFRL technical needs, and to connect AFRL personnel and students for potential future opportunities in employment and research.

  • Review and choose a problem statement below
  • Fill out form
  • Wait for instructions via email for next steps

All students on the proposing teams must be pursuing the requirements for an engineering degree and be eligible to participate in their university’s senior capstone program. At least one member of the team must be a U.S. citizen.

Proposal should be no more than 2 pages long and must address one of the posted AFRL topics Budget/Funding

Funding up to $10,000 is available for selected projects to address unique material, processing or equipment needs. It cannot cover personal expenses, tuition or student/faculty labor costs It can include travel for faculty/student team to meet with Air Force Research Laboratory mentor at Wright Patterson AFB, although the AFRL mentor will be responsible for making at least two visits to the university site over the course of the project.

Students’ proposals should include any budget requests at a level of detail sufficient to assess reasonableness. Overall duration, plus key milestones for your project should be indicated in the proposal. The schedule can be in the format specified by the faculty advisor.

Submission deadline: Should be consistent with your university’s program Interim and final report due dates are to be agreed upon by the project faculty advisor and Air Force mentor.

Proposals will be considered and evaluated in the order received based on

-Innovation, creativity and feasibility of addressing the topic area selected

-Demonstrated level of involvement/support by the university

-Total cost and cost reasonableness Match to current technical priority needs of AFRL

-Total budget under $10,000

Problem Statements

Step 1: Review and choose a problem statement
Step 2: Let us know which statement interests you