UConn Engineering has launched a new Senior Design website: http://seniordesign.engr.uconn.edu/ to serve as a resource and guide for companies that are interested in sponsoring senior design projects in any one of our programmatic units.
In the one or two-semester Senior Design experience, senior students are mentored by faculty and industry engineers as they work to solve real-world engineering problems, typically for company sponsors. Students learn about the principles of design, how ethics affect engineering decisions, how professionals communicate ideas and the day-to-day implications of intellectual property.
Students begin by researching the problem, brainstorming a range of solutions, and traveling to the sponsor company site to learn more about the company and the project. As their projects take form, student teams maintain contact with their industrial and faculty mentors, hold meetings, write formal documentation, and make presentations on their work. Across the project period, the teams synthesize design know-how, judgment, technical skills, analysis, creativity and innovation to design, optimize and manufacture a prototype model, or to perform product simulations.
Engineering students gain invaluable experience and insight about the types of real problems facing industry. In turn, sponsors benefit from having smart, dedicated and creative students tackling genuine design challenges. Many companies consider this process a powerful recruiting vehicle for future employees.
The new website features important details for sponsors, including budget and billing, intellectual property, responsibilities, a general timeline, how projects are selected, and benefits to the company. Industry sponsors can also complete an online form to submit a senior design project for consideration. We invite you to visit this new website and explore our Engineering Senior Design experience.