Technology Expo and Competition
The senior design project course is a two-semester capstone experience that is required of all engineering graduates. During the first semester the students learn the fundamentals of design, product development, manufacturing, and quality to produce a device and or process that addresses a unmet biomedical need. Students engage the Biomedical device, rehabilitation and clinical research communities to secure real-life projects that are of strategic importance to the respective organizations. Upon securing the sponsored project, students in small groups prepare a proposal which details deliverable and timelines to complete the project. Proposals are presented before a committee comprised of faculty members of the Undergraduate program along with the assigned faculty mentor for the project. Projects are vetted by the committee, and scopes revised as needed in order to ensure that projects meet the learning outcomes of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET, while satisfying the requirements of the sponsor.
During the second semester students engage in the development of their design concepts. Students complete the designs, manufacture the prototypes and test them in accordance with the design inputs. Students also engage in lectures on research and development, advanced manufacturing techniques, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, principles of design excellence, and intellectual property laws that are presented by industry professionals. At the completion of the project, students make final presentations at a Design Expo and Competition, in front of a panel of industry professionals, who evaluate the performance during the presentation. Students are then interrogated by the panel in order to ascertain their competence in the use of design and engineering tools, advanced quality assurance and statistical methods, engineering standards, and their ability to work in teams.
Finally, students participate in the college-wide poster expo and competition which showcases their designs to the college community, the public and potential investors.