The ME Senior Design experience prepares students for the workplace through real world hands-on design/build experiences. The MAE 416 Capstone Design course involves a semester-long industry sponsored project for our mechanical engineering students.
Students leverage their technical and theoretical training, and apply it to the specifications and constraints imposed by the specific company project. Students learn to collaborate together on teams and report on their work both in writing and verbally in preparation for their future careers. They are required to research, plan, and prototype a solution to the industry problems. Each team is able to communicate with the “client” (company sponsor) during the semester to clarify the goals and scope of the project. The company engineers come to campus during the semester for several design reviews. At the end of the semester, the teams and companies come together for a 3-day event with sponsors, friends, and family to present and demonstrate their solution.
The Real-World Issues
This semester’s problem statements provided by our sponsors:
Design a tire gloss application machine to replace the current labor intensive process. The machine needs to apply a uniform layer of gloss on a wide variety of tire sizes and rim sizes on both sides of vehicles with varying widths. This should be done while minimizing the risk of damage to the vehicle and minimizing wasted gloss.
See Day 2 photos
Design and fabricate a mechanism that will maintain a clean and safe working environment in the “Fire Wire” extrusion operating station of the Kidde Aerospace factory. The mechanism should reduce operator interaction with glass shards and facilitate clean up to safely and ergonomically minimize the need for extra labor.
See Day 3 photos
Interested in sponsoring a team?
Becoming a senior design sponsor is rewarding for both you and the student team. A sponsorship is an opportunity to work with students who can analyze your proposal and provide a valuable solution.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities,
please contact: Mike Walsh | firstname.lastname@example.org | 919.515.7237