Design Center (DC) Colorado is dedicated to fostering partnerships between students, industry, government agencies and other organizations.
Situated within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, we immerse teams of graduate and undergraduate students in externally sponsored design projects throughout the academic year. DC Colorado combines the already established and respected undergraduate senior design course with a newly launched graduate design program.
The sponsored projects, with their unique focus on user-centered design, concept generation, and hands-on engineering, are attracting students and sponsors alike in unprecedented numbers. As of January, 2013, we have 140 students in the program, with numbers expected to rise to 300 by 2015.
The draw for students is the focus on hands-on projects, sponsored directly by engaged partners, who acquire a functional product at the end of the year-long project. Through regular interaction with fabricators, suppliers, and sponsors, students learn the engineering design process, industrial design, and entrepreneurship.
Industry, government and non-profit partners get exposed to the best and brightest students, receive new and unique design ideas to challenging problems, and evaluate potential future hires. Past sponsors have noted that the enthusiasm demonstrated to them by the student teams is contagious and has caused them to become re-energized in their own jobs - a win/win all around.
If you are a graduate student and want to apply to the program,click here. If you are an industry member and would like to sponsor a student project, click here.
BY THE NUMBERS
Over 1600 student participants
225 projects from 56 organizations since 2000
100% ME student participation in sponsored projects