Senior Design Day
Friday, April 19, 2013
Senior design courses provide students with experience working on real-world projects that involve design constraints, budgets, reviews and deadlines. Students learn about the principles of design, professionalism, licensing, ethics, entrepreneurship and intellectual property. This tradition is a culmination of their undergraduate education.
Projects are completed as part of capstone design courses in each department. Students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, with an integrated design seminar facilitating the exchange of ideas and talent from multiple disciplines. This exposes students to the kind of multidisciplinary teamwork they are likely to encounter in industry.
As their projects take form, student teams interact with their industry and faculty advisers, hold meetings, write formal documentation and present their work. By the end of the academic year, the teams produce a prototype or demonstration of their design. Design Day is their showcase.
We recognize the value of senior projects sponsored by industry and invite project sponsors — industry representatives and entrepreneurs as well as research and clinical faculty — to submit project proposals. This enriching experience allows you to work with Vanderbilt engineering seniors and discover what makes our students stand out among other applicants when it comes to employment.
If you or your colleagues are interested in sponsoring a project or to learn more, please contact me:
Cynthia B. Paschal, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the School of Engineering
5321 Stevenson Center
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1826
WTVF Channel 5, interviewed Michelle Goodman and Chelsea Stowell about their senior design prototype that incorporates alarm features on a child’s car seat to prevent children from being left behind in hot cars.