The Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Projects Program coordinates the completion of the second half of the 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 Schlumberger, Chevron, LANL, GM, Shell, Cameron, Dell, Applied Materials, Stratasys, NASA 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.

Sponsor a Senior Design Project

Sponsoring a project allows you to:

  • Team up with a top-ten ranked engineering department
  • Connect with first-rate students
  • Develop partnerships with key faculty with potential for larger future collaborations
  • Expand visibility and esteem of your organization across campus
  • Gain insights into your challenges from new perspectives, with nominal outlay

By becoming a senior design project sponsor, you benefit from having a team of 3 to 4 senior students examine your engineering problem. Projects that you may not currently have the time or facilities to pursue become the top priority of a team of engineering design students. Project work includes problem definition, patent searches, alternative designs, design solution, cost analyses, etc. The cost to you includes a $5,000 subvention fee, plus any extraordinary expenses. See additional sponsorship information, including a timeline and sample project descriptions. See our brochure.

The project submission form should be completed online and the legal agreement is available in PDF format. The legal agreement (pg 1-3), and optional included IP (intellectual property) assignment document (pg 4-5), should be submitted to program staff prior to project commencement. These documents may not be changed in any way, under any circumstances. If sponsor wishes to secure the assignment of IP rights from students based on their work on the project, it is sponsor's responsibility to initiate this by providing the signed IP document to program staff. Program staff will obtain student and faculty signatures and return documents to sponsor shortly after the semester begins.

Contact Information

Group SDP contact email:
Dr. Richard Crawford, Program Director, 512-471-3030, ETC 4.108
Ryan Huth, Program Coordinator, 512-471-3900, ETC 4.102
Jason Spivey, Administrative Assistant, 512-471-4468, ETC 4.102

Program Mailing Address:

UTME Senior Design Projects
204 E. Dean Keeton St. Stop C2200
Austin, TX 78712-1591

Sponsor Acknowledgments for Senior Design Projects

National Instruments Logo Schlumberger Logo
Shell Logo NASA Logo



Frito-Lay Logo
Austin Energy Logo Cameron Logo


General Motors Logo

Texas Instruments Logo Rubbermaid Medical
Lockheed Martin Logo Freescale Semiconductor Logo
Ford Logo

Baker Hughes Logo

Chevron Logo
Creative Motion Control Logo Dow Logo
El Paso Corporation Logo Fluor Logo
Halliburton Company Logo Applied Materials Logo
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