What is Senior Design?
Senior civil engineering students are required to complete a two-course capstone design project (CVE 426, CVE 427). Students work in teams to design a system, component or process. Each team applies appropriate enginering standards and evalutes their alternative solutions using multiple, realistic constraints. These two courses are designed to satify ABET's requirement for "...a major design experience...". (ABET 2018-2019 General Criterion 5: Curriculum). The courses take place during the spring semester, starting in January and ending in May.
What Makes a Great Senior Design Project?
The best projects are real-world projects, where students can interact with people from industry. It could be an existing project, a future project or even a project already completed. Perhaps there is a piece of equipment that could use a little engineering ingenuity. The key to a great senior design project is the interaction with industry. This interaction provides students the opportunity to learn how professionals approach the design process, generate and evalute solutions, and make decisions under risk and uncertainty. It also allows them to see how what they are being taught in class translates to the real world. The most rewarding projects are those where students get to interact with professionals, who may one day become colleagues. That interaction can help solidify their career choice.
How Can You Get Involved in Senior Design?
If you think you have a suitable project, and would like to mentor a senior design team, please contact Dr. Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org