Each year, all senior engineering students engage in capstone design courses. These provide hands-on learning opportunities and expose them to the challenges and satisfactions of solving real-world dilemmas, from the problem definition stage to prototype development. In the case of sponsored projects, teams work closely with the sponsoring company, which provides financial support, advising and the design challenge. In exchange, students research the problem, conceive alternate solutions, design and refine one device or method, construct a working prototype, and provide the sponsoring company regular reports as well as a working prototype. Throughout the process, students apply the core concepts they learned in the classroom to an actual design project.
The culmination of this year’s senior design experience, Senior Design Demonstration Day, took place on May 3, 2013 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. On display were over 150 innovative engineering projects designed and developed by teams of engineering seniors. In this video, we cover not only the Demonstration Day festivities, but also segments of meetings across the spring semester as we shadowed three Senior Design teams to show viewers an inside glimpse into the design process. For more information about Senior Design, please visit our senior design webpage here on the BME department site.