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Opportunities for Companies and Individuals to Become a Senior Design Supporter

As a department with cutting-edge research programs, we place a major emphasis on our students’ learning through the capstone senior design experience, which requires senior year materials department students to work in teams to carry out 9-month long, open-ended, research/design projects.

We believe our students can benefit greatly through the enhancement of the educational component of their senior design sequence afforded by the opportunity to work on “real-life” industrial problems.

We invite materials department alumni, companies, and co-op providers to submit topics for possible future senior design projects via the topic submission form, and, if selected, to become a Senior Design Supporter (SDS). As a Senior Design Supporter (SDS) you will receive the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to submit a topic for a 9-month Senior Design team to address. If selected, you would work closely with a small team of students and a faculty member on a project that benefits your organization.
  • One-on-one access to potential future employees throughout a student’s senior year.
  • An opportunity to help students with their career development by sharing your professional and corporate experiences with the senior class as a guest speaker.
  • Access to world-class university materials processing and characterization facilities and resources.
  • An invitation to attend the senior design oral presentations three times per year, gaining exposure to the results of other senior design projects being carried out.

Project topics submitted will be reviewed and considered for selectection.  If a project topic is selected for Senior Design, the annual rate to become a Senior Design Supporter is a donation of $5,000 to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Your donation would provide funding for the student project team dedicated to your project, including related material supplies and equipment usage fees.

PDFs of previous Senior Design quad charts can be viewed here.

Videos of previous Senior Design oral presentations can be viewed here.