Design projects are funded by industry sponsors who pay a fee of $16K for undergraduate and $20K for graduate projects. Throughout each design project, the student team works closely with its faculty advisor and industry mentor, who provide technical support and oversee the project to ensure it meets specifications and is delivered on time. Over the academic year, a dynamic relationship is developed, allowing the student team’s invention to come to fruition as a real engineering innovation benefiting the industry sponsor.
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 Forge and Fleming Active Learning Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, 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.
• 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
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