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.

Robots, Biomed, Cars, Wind Turbines, &...

Design Projects

A student design team stands with their partially completed robot (and their faculty advisor).


Design projects are capstone experiences that synthesize knowledge from students' four-year curriculum and involve collaboration. ME projects are open to non-ME students as well. Projects may be related to design competitions, to the needs of identified users or clients, or to entrepreneurial or social goals. Recent projects and topics include design and manufacture of race cars, design and construction of robotic fish and hazmat robots, design and construction of biomedical devices, and more.

ME Senior Design Handbook