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Each year senior engineering students in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering work on challenging team-based projects as part of the Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) program. This two-semester capstone experience builds upon earlier coursework by integrating engineering theory and practice within a structured, collaborative environment. Working in multi-disciplinary teams and following a structured engineering design process, students assess customer needs and engineering requirements, evaluate concepts, resolve major technical hurdles, and employ rigorous engineering practices to design and build a prototype device or process which is tested and fully documented. MSD is a “studio” course – it adopts an approach to student interaction that is hands-on, instructor facilitated, and student-centered. Each design team spends anywhere from 1100-1500 person-hours of effort on their project, where they are responsible for the technical aspects of the design, as well as project management and documentation.  During 2017-18, we will have nearly 450 students on almost 80 teams finish their projects, most of them during the spring semester, where they exhibited their work at ImagineRIT.

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT fully embraces the goal of providing a comprehensive team-based multidisciplinary design experience for all senior engineering students. All graduating seniors from Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering participate in the MSD program, along with some students from Computer Engineering. We encourage collaboration across colleges, and teams have included students from majors as diverse as Industrial Design, Accounting, Biotechnology, Museum Studies, Imaging Science, and Software Engineering.

In addition to the MSD program in KGCOE, there are several other engineering capstone programs and courses at RIT:
Computer Engineering Senior Design,
MicroE Senior Design,
Chemical Engineering, and
Software Engineering Senior Design