Senior Design is a two-semester course that requires students to apply the skills learned over their undergraduate experience to multidisciplinary challenges. Students are taught tools for scoping, planning, and executing complex design projects in 6-8 person teams. These skills are applied to real design challenges provided by school partners.
In the academic year 2016-17, 42 student teams addressed design challenges provided by campus research labs, industry partners, local municipalities, NGOs, and other clients as part of their capstone design course. Recent program clients include:
- United States Olympic Committee
- Lockheed Martin
- Stolle Machinery
- Baker Hughes
- Denver Zoo
- Chevron Philips Chemical
- The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- International Development Enterprises (iDE)
The course sequence has been designed to build and demonstrate mastery of the ABET definition of critical engineering design skills. As part of this course, students learn tools for generating ideas, engineering decision making, exploring feasibility, and many other design methods used to apply engineering rigor to open-ended problems. The first semester of Senior Design (EGGN491) involves a reverse engineering pre-project and instruction in design methods. About eight weeks into EGGN491 students bid on their Senior Design project. Project teams are built based on student interest, as expressed in their project bids. For the last half of EGGN491 and all of the second semester (EGGN492), students focus on the given design challenge exclusively.