Senior design is a two-semester course that allows students in the mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering department to apply all their acquired knowledge and skills in engineering and science to solve an actual problem within an agency, corporation, or the community. The team-oriented course is required for all students when they reach their senior year. Each April, their final prototypes are displayed at the college-wide Senior Design Showcase.
Benefits for Students
Students benefit from the opportunity to work on realistic problems characterized by real-world constraints. To successfully complete the projects, they develop and demonstrate teamwork skills such as individual accountability, cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, and leadership. By the end of the course, students will understand a general design process, how to effectively contribute as a new employee in an industrial project, and be capable of independently designing a product of marketable value.
Benefits for Sponsors and Partners
Benefits of being a sponsor of a design project include:
- Direct interaction with senior engineering students and faculty
- Opportunities to work with potential hires directly for a year to recruit the best
- Pipeline with co-ops and internships to better train and evaluate potential future employees
- Building relationships with the department and faculty involved, which can lead to larger projects, partnerships, and more consistent recruitment
- Exposure to new technology
- Access to UT’s state-of-the-art labs and facilities
- Invitation to Senior Design Showcase
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