Senior Design is the capstone undergraduate design project of the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. Seniors are able to apply their knowledge and showcase their abilities through the completion of challenging, real-world design problems. The program is made up of a two-semester course sequence.
Students apply what they have learned in the classroom to develop a solution to a real-world issue, taking on roles as designers, testers and project managers. Employer sponsors, or local industry leaders, act as their clients and provide feedback throughout the project.
Senior Design students will divide into teams of four to six, research and select an issue, then design a project. Throughout the process teams will work closely with a faculty advisor to ensure that their projects yield high quality results. Meetings also take place periodically for information gathering, progress reviews and design presentations.
In Design II, student ideas are brought to life by prototype construction, testing and final analysis. Senior Design culminates with Design Day, a college-wide event where teams from each engineering department present projects to engineering faculty members and industry leaders.