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Students apply the engineering skills they have acquired. The principles of design, how ethics affect engineering decisions, how professionals communicate ideas and the day-to-day implications of intellectual property.
They begin by researching the problem, brainstorming a range of solutions, and traveling to the sponsor’s site to learn more about the sponsor and the project. Student teams maintain contact with their industrial and faculty mentors, hold meetings, and make presentations on their work. Students submit written reports at intervals throughout the two-semester project timeline, and present oral presentations at the project’s conclusion.
Type of Senior Design projects
The following are samples of Senior Design projects that students can perform while tackling a technical challenge or exploring a new design or novel idea:
- Research and analyze the problem
- Conceptualize new or alternate solutions
- Design or refine a method
- Construct a working prototype
- Synthesize design know-how
- Perform simulations
Skills students apply during a Senior Design project:
- Creativity to design.
- Analyze a problem.
- Brainstorm potential solutions.
- Research the product/process.
- Identify the analytical and experimental elements of their approach.
- Design analysis.
- Technical skills.
- Explore solutions within the project scope.
- Use of leading CAD and analysis software.
- Analysis-based innovation and decision making.
- Make oral presentations.
- Conduct a peer design review.
- Communication with industry advisor, a faculty advisor, and team members.
- Teamwork, often times in interdisciplinary teams.
- Maintain contact with their industrial and faculty mentors.
- Write a report at the end of each semester .
- Present their project results at Senior Design Demonstration Day.