It’s still summer, but seniors in Boston University’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering are already thinking about their Capstone Senior Design Projects.
Each year the ECE Department seeks engineering challenges from industry, government, non-profits, small businesses, and individuals to present to seniors. In teams, students then develop a plan for delivering a solution to the problem and design, test, and eventually complete a prototype.
Now, the ECE Department is again looking for real-life problems suitable for seniors to address in their year-long, team-based Senior Design project.
In this past year alone, students were given the opportunity to work with customers ranging from National Instruments to some of BU’s very own professors. With National Instruments, Team GloveSense created a smart glove for first responder communication allowing firefighters and other emergency personnel to communicate through non-verbal gestures.
Senior Design Projects allow students to apply their college education to real-world problems. The benefit? Many students report that capstone design was the single experience that best prepared them for employment and real-world challenges.
-Samantha Gordon (COM ‘12)