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 by filling out the Design Substitution Form and obtaining the appropriate signatures.

Design Substitution Form

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 below:

  • Participate in a minimum of three semesters of approved Enterprise project work  (typically ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960).
  • Perform in a leadership role within the Enterprise.
  • Be "senior-design ready" (complete CM3120, CM3230, CM3410 (may be taken concurrently), and CM3510). 
  • Obtain approval of the substitution from the academic advisor and the department chair (CM4861Design Substitution form). 

Additional Enterprise project work credits earned above the one credit that substitutes for CM4861 may be used toward engineering technical electives or towards an Enterprise minor or concentration. 

If you are interested in the Enterprise project option, contact an 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:

  • Be "senior-design ready" (complete CM3120, CM3230, CM3410 (may be taken concurrently), and CM3510).
  • Enroll in the appropriate class(es) to substitute for CM Design Laboratory 2 (CM4861) (see an advisor). 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 academic advisor and the department chair (CM4861 Design Substitution form).  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  project work credits earned above the one credit that substitutes for CM4861 may be used toward engineering technical electives.  If you are interested in this option, contact an academic advisor before the end of your junior year for more information.