Industry sponsors pay a fee of $16k for undergraduate and $20K for graduate projects
Portions of the budget go to student project budgets, and to help support the Idea Forg spaces such as the machine shop and Chevron Design Studio where students design and build hardware for their projects
Sponsors are asked to provide an Industry Mentor who can commit 10 hours per semester to support the student team. These hours are typically dedicated to weekly meetings with the students.
Sponsors benefit from students’ fresh ideas, gain an edge in recruiting top students to their company, and obtain a working piece of hardware at the end of the project. A company’s investment also can result in a competitive advantage, with the company retaining exclusive rights to the intellectual property developed.
Each student team will commit more than 1,500 hours to the project
Students gain valuable experience working with professional engineers
Students may work in the Idea Forge, or the college’s state-of-the-art Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory. If desired, students may also work at the sponsor's work site
Students work within time and materials budgets, while gaining experience with industry procedures such as writing purchase orders and meeting deadlines under pressure
Each year, student teams submit approximately four written reports and as many oral presentations on product development and testing
• The engineering Faculty Advisor will devote over 40 hours to supervising the sponsored student team throughout the academic year
• The Faculty Advisor assists student teams in understanding and executing the design process
• The Faculty Advisor serves as at the primary point of contact for academic topics (schedule, deliverables, grading, etc.)
• The Faculty Advisor ensures that student teams meet the academic course goals and company's project goals