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What is senior project?

The Senior Design Project is a three-quarter, team-based experience where students design, build and test a solution to an externally-sponsored problem. Students develop teamwork and communication skills needed to prepare them for their careers, as well as gain valuable experience working to find a solution to 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

Administrative Tools for Current Senior Project Students

Visit administrative tools to view the Student Success Guide, travel information and forms, and budgeting and purchasing tools.

Past Senior Project Reports

All senior project teams must develop extensive documentation about their process and results. Visit digital commons for examples of past senior projects. 

Senior Project Options

All ME students complete a senior design project. However, there are different ways of achieving this depending on your concentration and interests:

  • Mechanical Engineering Senior Project (ME 428-429-430) Most ME students take this senior design project course sequence. ME 428 is offered Fall, Winter, or Spring.
  • HVAC&R (ME 459-460): HVAC&R concentration students take this course sequence. ME 459 is offered Winter quarter.
  • Interdisciplinary Senior Project (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. 
  • Entrepreneurial Senior Project (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.
  • Outside of the department: 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.

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