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
Administrative Tools for Current Senior Project Students
Past Senior Project Reports
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 (Interdisciplinary Senior Project): 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 (Entrepreneurial Senior Project): 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.