Please join us between 9:00am and 11:00am on April 23rd in Lockridge Arena for the Spring Trade Fair. Forty student design teams will be presenting their work to the public. Additional details coming soon!
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
J. Don Thorson
Al Cohen Family
Matt & Kim Sands Robert Amaro
Colorado School of Mines thanks the companies and organizations listed below who have provided valuable support for our Senior Design students.
Baker Hughes Shell Oil Company
Phillips 66 Woodward Inc.
Exxon Mobil Holcim Inc.
ICAST Engineering Lockheed Martin Pitsco Education
Schlumberger Technology Corporation IEEE AISC
Harley Keeter Trucking Steel Dynamics Archer Western
Baseline Engineering, Planning and Surveying KL&A
*Denotes donation of materials, services, or supplies to the program.