The Senior Design Program in mechanical engineering integrates all phases of a real-world engineering design project—from the concept to the final client presentation—into a meaningful, hands-on undergraduate experience. Student teams work with an industry client, and under the direction of a faculty advisor, to solve an engineering problem, delivering a new product, process, or system at the conclusion of their yearlong project. The R. L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building houses a host of synergistic, professional-caliber facilities equipped to support all the facets of a Senior Design engineering capstone project.
ME–EM 209; Bill Endres
The Cuskie Design and Creativity Center features student design studios, where Senior Design teams have ample space for collaboration and access to a high-end computer station with the specialized software needed to develop their engineering-project designs. The computers are connected to the department network, so teams can send their designs to the Rivard Product Realization Center for parts fabrication, or to the John Deere Multimedia Center for videoconferencing with a design sponsor.
The center includes the Monica Resource Library, which provides a central location for engineering reference data; the John Deere Multimedia Center; the Ford Rapid Prototyping Center; and a small conference room.
ME–EM B002A, B003, B004; Bob Page
The Senior Capstone Design Fabrication Facility is a space dedicated to prototype assembly. A Senior Design team often comes together to finalize a product design at the facility, which also serves as a storage space for project components and tools.
ME–EM B002; Marty Toth
The Machine Shop supports the design and fabrication of prototype research equipment. The facility also offers precision setup, welding, and consulting services for University projects, including Senior Design projects.