Senior Design

Senior Design is the culminating design experience in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at CU Boulder. The purpose of this course is to simulate an entry-level engineering project in industry—allowing you to apply the engineering knowledge you acquired in the fundamental ME courses to a real-world, open-ended design challenge. 
Through this two-semester experience you have the unique opportunity to work with a group of 5 or 6 peer students, who will be personally mentored by a CU ME Faculty Advisor and an Industry Mentor from the sponsoring company, government agency, or organization (many non-profit). You will learn the complete cycle of design and what it entails. At the end of the academic year, actual hardware/software will be produced and presented to the sponsors. Most importantly, by the end of your ME career, you will understand the difference between theory, paper, and prototype. This course is required for all undergraduate mechanical engineering students, ensuring that you will interface with talented faculty, staff and sponsoring companies.

See examples of Senior Design projects

"I have been looking forward to project work on a professional level for my entire undergrad. This course greatly exceeded my expectations for quality of collaboration and teamwork. Potential employers love asking about the project and are very impressed."​
- Senior Design Student


"The ability to work on a long term project with a great team made the year. It was easily one of the most satisfying courses I've ever taken and I believe that it was the greatest asset of my education as a whole for introducing how to actually design and deliver a product."

- Senior Design Student

Course Objectives:
o Develop an understanding of the necessary professional skills needed
o to succeed in industry (life!)
o Understand how to
work collaboratively in a team toward a common
o design goal
o Become proficient at written and oral technical communication skills,
o as well as managing long-term projects
o Learn to integrate technical engineering skills
to successfully complete
o a project
o Generate alternative design concepts and evaluate ideas using design
o requirements
o Use results of engineering analysis to make design decisions 
o (engineering and business) in a methodical manner
o Apply previous knowledge to create CAD models and engineering
o drawings to build physical prototypes

Mechanical Engineering

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