Mechanical engineering students are required to complete a two-course design project, independent study, or honors research project. Students who pursue honors research are mentored by a faculty member in their thesis work. Those interested in an honors thesis should read the Guidelines for Honors in Mechanical Engineering.


Design Projects

A student design team stands in front of their partially completed robot.

Design projects are capstone experiences that synthesize knowledge from students' four-year curriculum and involve collaboration. Projects may be related to design competitions, to the needs of identified users or clients, or to entrepreneurial goals. Recent projects and topics include design and manufacture of race cars, modeling the biomechanics of a golf swing, design and construction of airplanes, and more. The topics of the projects generally are decided by the student groups.

ME Senior Design Handbook 2015-2016