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Senior Design

Capping off each student’s undergraduate experience is the Senior Design Project, a year-long, hands-on, team-driven capstone project intended to integrate and apply all of the knowledge gained in four years.

Students form small, often interdisciplinary, teams to design and prototype a product, electronic device or software system. They design solutions to real-world challenges, frequently working with businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations to address their needs while gaining valuable experience.

At the conclusion of the senior year, each team formally presents its project to an audience of faculty, students and industry representatives. Each department chooses a winning project and the team members are formally recognized at Commencement Exercises.

Real-World Challenges

Senior Design Projects are often seen as one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in an undergraduate’s college career. Some examples of past projects include:

  • AMETEK Aerospace: Analysis of a jet calibration process for top-level assembly of a thermocouple harness.
  • Trafflack: Created an in-car system that lets vehicles exchange valuable information that can improve safety.
  • Integrate and Image: Provided the groundwork research for how label-free imaging and fluorescent imaging could be used to detect Influenza A.