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Multidisciplinary Design

The Multidisciplinary Senior Design Program prepares students for modern engineering practice through a multidisciplinary, team-based design experience. Students apply the skills and knowledge acquired in earlier coursework to define, analyze, design and implement solutions to unstructured, open-ended, engineering problems while adhering to customer requirements and recognized engineering standards.

Multidisciplinary Senior Design is the culminating academic experience of the student’s college career. Taken over two terms, students work in teams with students from a variety of engineering disciplines to solve real-world problems. They identify possible solutions, develop design proposals, consider alternatives, create drawings and detailed analyses, and present their findings formally both verbally and in a poster session.

The learning experience in the first semester integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes. Students follow an engineering design process that includes the assessment of customer needs, identification of  engineering specifications, generation and evaluation of concepts before choosing an approach to the problem.

In the second semester students begin the implementation process to the extent feasible, by building and testing a prototype or by implementing a chosen set of improvements.

During this intense process students hone their engineering skills, learn to work in diverse teams, develop verbal, oral, and interpersonal communication skills – all vitally important in today’s work environments.