Senior Design

The senior design project is a year-long course that is taken towards the end of the academic undergraduate career. Groups of students work together to research a problem alongside an industry partner and a faculty member. It is a great way for students to get real-world experience with the guidance of both a faculty member and industry partners.

  • Problem-solving industry-driven project objectives
  • Focus on implementable, novel solutions 
  • Two semesters (fall & spring)
  • Teams of 4-6 students
  • Faculty advisor

The senior design program is a fantastic way for Medtronic to partner with students to introduce our company to these students, and provide the students experience in helping us investigate important technology issues for our current and future products.”

Peter C. Tortorici, BS Met ’90, MS Met ’93, PhD ’97
Sr. Manager, CRHF Device Manufacturing Technology

Student Benefits

  • Practical, hands-on, real-world experience
  • Potential new business creation
  • Professional skills:
  • business writing
  • presentation skills
  • research methods
  • problem-solving and critical thinking
  • team-building
  • networking opportunities
  • snapshot of current industry challenges


  • Student interaction and exposure
  • Potential new business partnership creation
  • Visibility through senior design posters in Armstrong Hall
  • Invitation to MSE student night
  • Solutions to that high-importance, low-priority problems that never quite  get done
  • May be tax deductible
  • Exploring new cutting-edge techniques in a low-risk, high-payoff environment