Senior Capstone Design Projects
Lab Location: Brown Hall Room 118
Coordinator: Andy Pardue
The Senior Capstone Design Project is comprised of two courses in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum (ME 4410 and ME 4420). All Mechanical Engineering Students are required to take these courses. As part of the course and lab, students are provided with experience in the use of mechanical engineering design for the solution of engineering problems. Students work in a team format on selected mechanical engineering projects emphasizing both mechanical systems and thermal science design aspects. Important parts of the two semester-long design projects are: a formal project proposal, design analysis report, engineering drawings, project construction, and project testing. Formal written and oral presentations of results are made at the completion of the project. Time scheduling and project costs are also important considerations.
Upon completion of this class, the student will be able to:
- Engage in the various elements of the engineering design process
- Complete a group-based, hands-on, capstone design project
- Employ basic computer-based data acquisition
- Use programmable logic controllers and ladder-based programming
- Work in a team environment on an engineering design project
- Determine the potential impact of ethical and societal concerns on the engineer and engineering design process
- Prepare and delivery/submission of a written report(s) and an oral presentation
- Communicate with a variety of "nonacademic" contacts (e.g. technicians, vendors, and other professionals for the purpose of gaining factual information and making component purchases)
Capstone Projects by Semester
Senior capstone design combines the principles of engineering with emphasis on contemporary industrial design processes and engineering economics with applications in product design. Students begin with the development phase in ME 4410 with the preliminary design, supporting analysis and drawings with bill of materials. In ME 4420, the student teams will continue with prototyping and testing phases for the capstone project.