What is the senior project experience?
The Senior Design Project is a 3-quarter, team-based experience where students design, build and test a solution to an externally sponsored problem. This format allows students to develop teamwork and communication skills needed for today's workplace, as well as gain valuable experience working to satisfy a user’s need.
Project work includes:
- Defining the problem and scope of work
- Conceptualizing and modeling potential solutions
- Developing and analyzing the detailed design
- Building a functional prototype
- Testing to verify performance
All projects have a dedicated student team supported by a faculty advisor for a full academic year. We are always looking for future project sponsors. See the link below if you would like to get involved!
All senior project teams develop extensive documentation about their process and results. Follow this link if you want to read these final project reports.
The senior project experience would not be possible without the dedicated support of our project sponsors. Sponsors include major corporations, small businesses, non-profits, faculty, and student teams. If you have a design challenge and an interest in supporting the design education of future mechanical engineers, please consider sponsoring a senior design project!
If you are currently enrolled in senior project, check for information about the process. Here is where you’ll find the Student Success Guide, travel information and forms, and budgeting and purchasing tools.
Senior project alternatives
All ME students complete a senior design project. However, there are different ways of achieving this:
- ME 428-429-430: Most ME students take this senior design project course sequence. ME 428 is offered Fall, Winter, or Spring.
- ME 459-460: HVAC&R concentration students take this course sequence. ME 459 is offered Winter quarter.
- ENGR 459-460-461: Students wanting to work on larger projects with other engineering disciplines may take this sequence. ENGR 459 is offered in Fall.
- ENGR 463-464-465: Students interested in developing a design as part of a business plan may take this course sequence. ENGR 463 is offered in Fall.
- Other Majors: Although not common, some students complete their senior design project with a different engineering department. If you’re interested in this, check with the ME department chair.