CM Design Laboratory—Alternate Options

As an alternative to CM Design Laboratory (CM4861), chemical engineering students may choose to fulfill the 1-credit requirement through participation in the Enterprise Program or a design project originating in another University department. Students interested in choosing one of these alternative options must first receive department approval.

Enterprise Project

Students choosing this option will be given a chemical engineering design project, comparable to those provided in CM4861, by their Enterprise faculty advisor during their senior year. This project is usually relevant to their Enterprise work. In order for the Enterprise credit to count toward the capstone design lab requirement, a student must satisfy all of the criteria in one of the following pathways:

Three Semesters of Enterprise

  • Participate in a minimum of three semesters of Enterprise project work.
  • Perform in a leadership role within the Enterprise.
  • Enroll in Enterprise project work or the Enterprise special topics class (ENG4990) to substitute for CM Design Laboratory 2 (CM4861). This class must be taken after CM Process Analysis & Design 1 (CM4855). You will be required to complete a chemical engineering design project assigned by the Enterprise faculty advisor. 
  • Obtain approval of the substitution from the academic advisor and the department chair. A letter of recommendation from the Enterprise faculty advisor is required before approval is given. 

Enterprise Concentration

  • You are working toward earning the Enterprise concentration.
  • Enroll in Enterprise project work or the Enterprise special topics class (ENG4990) either concurrently with or after completing CM Process Analysis & Design 1 (CM4855). You will be required to complete a chemical design project assigned by the enterprise faculty advisor. 

Enterprise is typically a three-year program in which students enroll during their second year, although students may join at any time. Additional credits earned by participating in the Enterprise Program may be used toward engineering technical electives or an Enterprise minor or concentration. 

If you are interested in the Enterprise project option, contact the academic advisor before the end of your junior year for more information.

Nondepartmental Project

Suitable projects must contain chemical engineering design components and have multiple realistic constraints.Involvement in a project in another department usually requires two semesters of participation. Most students begin participating in the project during fall of their senior year and continue with the project through the following spring semester.

Past projects that chemical engineering students have participated in include:

  • The WERC Environmental Design Contest through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • “High Expansion Foam Generator System,” a foam-optimization project sponsored by Ansul/Tyco through the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Students choosing this option must meet the following criteria:

  • Enroll in the appropriate class(es) to substitute for CM Design Laboratory 2 (CM4861). This may require special permission from the department offering the class. This class must be taken either concurrently with or after CM Process Analysis & Design 1 (CM4855).
  • Obtain approval of the substitution from the Chemical Engineering academic advisor and the department chair. In order to obtain approval, the student will need to provide evidence that demonstrates the project is comparable to those given in CM Design Laboratory 2 (CM4861).

Additional credits earned while participating in an interdisciplinary design project may be approved as engineering technical electives. If you are interested in this option, contact the academic advisor before the end of your junior year for more information.