RIT computer engineering students have the option to select between two tracks for their two-semester capstone design experience.
- CMPE-495 and -496 Computer Engineering Senior Projects (CmpESP) I and II or
- CMPE-497 and -498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) I and II.
Both tracks have prerequisites of CMPE-460 Interface and Digital Electronics and completion of two co-op terms. The first semester incorporates a structured design process that includes problem definition and project design. The second semester consists of building, testing, demonstrating, and documenting a working prototype.
Computer Engineering Projects
Computer engineering senior design teams typically consist of three or four computer engineering students. Students form themselves into teams and select a project idea during the first phase of the semester. These teams initiate their own project ideas to select their own project. Each team member is responsible for the design, implementation and testing of a subsystem that corresponds to a project component. Projects include the areas of autonomous and robotic systems, games and entertainment, imaging systems, security systems, interactive systems, entrepreneurial projects, etc. Information about past projects is on the RIT Computer Engineering Senior Design Projects web page.
MSD teams typically consist of four to eight student from different engineering majors, including biomedical, computer, electrical, industrial & systems, and mechanical engineering. Students are assigned to projects before the start of MSD I based on the students’ responses to a questionnaire about skills and project interests. Projects come from several different sources. Some projects are initiated by industrial sponsors, some are initiated by faculty members engaged in research or collaborative work with other universities and corporations, and some are proposed by students. Information about past projects is on the RIT Multidisciplinary Senior Design Program web page.