The Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Projects Program coordinates the completion of the two-semester capstone design sequence required of all UT Austin Mechanical Engineering seniors. Students apply engineering design methodology, using both analysis and synthesis, to solve open-ended problems submitted by industrial sponsors. The range of design problems considered spans other engineering fields as well as non-engineering disciplines. Recent industry sponsors include Shell, Schlumberger, Cameron, Dell, Fluor, National Instruments and more.

Students register for ME266K (lecture) and ME266P (lab). In the lab sections, which comprise approximately five teams each, teaching assistants monitor the students' progress by means of informal meetings, oral presentations, and notebook checks. The lectures do not consider the specifics of each semester's projects - instead, general design issues and professional responsibility are addressed. Topics include engineering ethics, intellectual property, safety, and product and personal liability. Student participation is an integral component of the lecture periods. The questions asked and issues raised by the class guide the course of discussion.

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Sponsor a Senior Design Project

Sponsors benefit by having a student team examine their engineering problems. Projects that you may not currently have the time or facilities to pursue become the top priority of a design team of three senior engineering students. Project work includes problem definition, patent searches, alternative designs, design solution, cost analyses, etc. Submit a Project Submission Form »

Contact Information, 512-471-3900, ETC 4.102 and 4.166
Richard Crawford, Senior Design Projects Program Director
Erik Felthauser, Senior Design Projects Program Coordinator
Kasey Weikel, Administrative Assistant

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