Senior Design

Trade Fair

A sincere thank you to all who joined us November 20th for the Fall Trade Fair. Nine student design teams presented their work. For more information on the teams please download the Trade Fair ProgramPDF versionText only version. Congratulations to the Trade Fair winners (listed below). The competition was extremely close this semester! 

Trade Fair Results:

1st Place - CSM FlightLab (S14-01)

2nd Place - JB Engineering (S14-03)

3rd Place - AutoBots (S14-04)

4th Place - SolTrak (S14-05)

Broader Impacts Essay Results:

1st Place - Jace Warren for "The World Cup, It's Not Rocket Science"

2nd Place - Aaron Heldmyer for "The Modern Renaissance Men and Women"

3rd Place - Jennifer McClellan for "Engineering Modern Vehicles for First Responders"

About Senior Design

The College of Engineering & Computational Sciences Capstone Design Course is a creative multidisciplinary design experience emerging from combined efforts in civil, electrical, mechanical, and environmental specialties in engineering. Within the engineering community it is widely believed that many of the challenges which are facing practicing engineers, now and in the 21st century, can best be met by exploiting multidisciplinary approaches. This Program in Senior Capstone Engineering Design has been established to demonstrate the value and ingenuity which can be derived from cooperative design efforts among traditional engineering disciplines.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) defines engineering design:
"Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component or process to meet desired needs. It is a decision-making process (often iterative), in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources optimally to meet a stated objective. Among fundamental elements of the design process are the establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing and evaluation."

This course has been designed to comply with the ABET guidelines that require the engineering design component of a curriculum to include at least some of the following features: 
- development of student creativity 
- use of open-ended problems 
- development and use of design methodology 
- formulation of design problem statements and specifications 
- consideration of alternative solutions 
- feasibility considerations 
- detailed system descriptions 

Further, it is essential to include a variety of realistic constraints such as: 
- economic factors 
- safety 
- reliability 
- aesthetics 
- ethics 
- social impact

Becoming a Client

The Capstone Design program in the College of Engineering and Computation Sciences (CECS) pushes students to go beyond their textbook training and solve real-world design problems. Every semester the college has over 50 student design teams who need great challenges to engage with. What opportunities does your organization have that could be addressed by a student team?

SUGGESTED DONATION: Corporate project sponsors are asked to provide a donation of $8,000 to the CSM Foundation. Up to $2,000 of that donation is made available to the student team for purchasing materials. The additional amount is used to support the program facilities, staff, and overhead. Government agencies, NGO's and startups may request exemption from the suggested donation.

TIME COMMITMENT: The involvement of the project sponsor is a key factor in the success of the project. Great project sponsors will commit one individual for approximately 1 hour per week to support the student team. In addition, any training or on-site resources that you can make available to the students are greatly appreciated.

The most successful industry partners share the following traits:

  • View sponsoring a project as an outreach activity which helps train their junior engineers for management.
  • Choose projects from their “nice-to-have” list and avoid having students on their critical path.
  • Treat students like an entry-level engineer and plan on providing guidance throughout the process.

Interested in becoming a client? Fill out our online project inquiry form and one of the course faculty will be in touch before the beginning of the next semester. If you have specific questions, please send an email to design@mines.edu to start exploring opportunities with program staff.

Sponsoring the Program

The program relies on the generosity of our program sponsors. If you, or your organization, are interested in supporting the program please consider making a financial gift at giving.mines.edu. Your gift is tax deductible and will make a huge impact for our students.

 

Colorado School of Mines thanks the individuals and families listed below who have provided valuable support for our Senior Design students.

Program Sponsors

J. Don Thorson

Program Supporters

Al Cohen Family

 

Colorado School of Mines thanks the companies and organizations listed below who have provided valuable support for our Senior Design students.

Program Partners

Baker Hughes

Program Sponsors

Chevron        Shell Oil Company

Program Supporters

Phillips 66        Woodward Inc.

Kewitt        National Instruments*

Program Donors

Chevron Phillips Chemical         Exxon Mobil        Holcim Inc.

ICAST Engineering        Lockheed Martin        Pitsco Education

Schlumberger

 

*Denotes donation of materials, services, or supplies to the program.

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