As a 5th year engineering student, I have reached my capstone design course: Senior Design. During the fall and winter quarters, I will be working with my assigned team which includes another mechanical engineer, 2 computer and 2 electrical engineers to design and build our project. Our assignment is to create an un-tethered ankle-foot orthotic. Basically our project will have sensors attached to an orthotic to help control ankle motion when the user is walking on all terrains (flat ground, ramps, and stairs). We are still in the early stages of our design and developing our system design. After we get approval, we will continue through the rest of senior design 1 to make the detailed design for our project, and in senior design 2, we will start building.
Another key aspect of senior design is the group work. Usually in your classes, you work with students in your engineering major. Senior design unites all the engineering disciplines to work together for the design. This class also brings together everything learned within your time at RIT to help finish the project. For my team, I am a mechanical engineer, but I also get to use my skills for the minor I have added in engineering management and I will be serving as our project lead. I was also placed on the project where I can apply some of the technical electives I have taken in the bioengineering track, and will be useful when I pursue my dream to work in quality for medical devices. Click here for the archive of past projects.
So between Senior Design, and the co-op experience, all engineers will have a strong resume and amazing skills to bring with them when they seek full time employment after graduation!