Seeking 2015-16 ECE Senior Design Capstone Projects from Faculty, Industry, and Alumni ‘Customers’

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The Department of ECE is again seeking engineering challenges suitable for undergraduate seniors to address in their required capstone Senior Design project, a year-long, team-based course.  Would you or a colleague be able to suggest a project and serve as a volunteer ‘customer’?  We have a very large class this year so I do hope that you can help. Last year 2 of our teams were selected to compete in the finals round of the Intel-Cornell Cup competition at NASA and brought home First and Second prizes!

Each year Boston University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering seeks real-world problems from industry, government, non-profits, small businesses, and individuals (especially our Alumni).  These problems are presented to our Senior Design capstone project student teams in early September.  Teams then work through the fall semester to develop a plan for delivering a solution to the problems and begin execution.  In the spring they complete their proposed design, test, and deliver the project prototype.   Many students report that capstone design was the single experience that best prepared them for employment and real-world challenges.

Projects guidelines are listed below, as is a sample one-page description template.  Please contact Professor Alan Pisano (apisano@bu.edu) to submit a project or discuss a potential project idea.  Students return to classes after Labor Day, and we would like to have general problem descriptions available shortly thereafter.  After projects are assigned to the teams, their first responsibility will be to contact their ‘customers’ and learn the details of the problems. We do not require financial support from our “customers” although many choose to donate equipment or other resources.

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