Senior Design Project

bowling-ballMiami University's College of Engineering and Computing continues to develop and strengthen relationships with business partners to enhance the students’ experience and benefit the company. The Senior Design Project is an incredible way for students and companies to partner to solve an engineering and computing problem. Students gain real-world design and project experience while working through a design process. Businesses interact and engage with the students and benefit from the technical skills and expertise of the students and the faculty advisor while creating close relationships with the students for future work.

Company Benefits

  • Work first hand with creative and resourceful students:
    • To recruit
    • Build company’s brand
  • Diverse design team lead by faculty expert
  • Solve those nagging problems
  • Potential for new process, opportunities, and reduced costs

Student Benefits

  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Interact with industry professionals
  • Work closely with faculty advisor
  • Apply academic knowledge to real-world problems:
    • Problem solving and critical thinking
    • Project management
    • Leadership
    • Team-building
    • Communication
    • Technical

Company Expectations

  • Identify a project idea:
    • Appropriate for an entry-level engineering or computing employee
    • Eight-month timeframe (September to April)
    • Three to five team members
    • Not time sensitive but an issue that is on the back burner that no one else has time to address
    • Multi-disciplines teams are acceptable and encouraged
  • Identify project champion who can commit to regular interaction with the student team including:
    • Answering questions
    • Providing feedback
    • Attending the kick-off meeting
    • Attending the project presentation
  • Provide all of the information, data, resources, and background necessary for the project team
  • Determine the project budget
  • Optional Company activities:
    • Attend team meetings
    • Host the students at your facility/site for a tour
    • Make a tax-deductible donation to support the design team
    • Provide employees to act as judges for the student presentations
  • Financial Commitment Options:
    • Corporate Design Supporters financially support an existing design challenge and can provide employee(s) to support the design team - $5,000 annually
    • Corporate Design Partners provide design challenge and employee(s) to support design team - $10,000 annually

Nonprofits, startups, Miami students

Miami engineering and computing students love to use their imagination and ingenuity to have an impact on their world. Students can share their expertise and determination with nonprofits and startups and can help fellow Miami students refine their entrepreneurial ideas by providing technical skills to the project.


Senior Design Projects that start in Fall and end in Spring

  • August 1: Senior Design Project Application opens
  • August 15: Senior Design Application closes for Fall Semester Projects
  • Early September: Students matched with projects
  • Mid-September: Student team members meet with company liaison for kick-off meeting
  • December: Project Update
  • December: Electrical and Computer Engineering Presentations
  • Late April:
    • Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering Presentations
    • Computer Science and Software Engineering Presentations
    • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Presentations
    • Senior Design Expo
    • Alumni Conference and Senior Design Project Award Presentations

There are a limited number of Senior Design Projects that start in February and end in December. Please complete the Senior Design Project Application prior to December 1.

Senior Design Expo

2023 Senior Design Expo
Thursday, May 4

Questions, please contact Colleen at

Past Partners

A collage of past partners. From left to right Swagelok, CDC, Hamilton Casters, NASA, Running2Win, Schneider Electric, WorldPay, and Atlantic Fuels

Past Projects

  • Design of a natural gas leak management system for Ariel Pumping Systems
  • Design implementation of a low noise vacuum motor for the kaivac OmniFlex Cleaning System
  • Design of improved safety systems for Textron manufacturing equipment
  • Design of a blood flow simulator for testing blood pressure parameter variations
  • Build an app to plan swimming workouts and retain workout history. To enable any swimmer or coach to have visibility to their workouts in the: past, present, and future in order to track and monitor their progress as it pertains to all aspects of swimming.
  • Give employees at Worldpay the ability to pre-register their guests with building security ahead of time so that building security can expedite their guests check-in to the building. In addition to pre-registration of guests by employees, building security needs a system to keep track of guests they have checked in or out of the building for the day.
  • Build an online grant management system to simplify the grant-awarding process.
  • Solution to enable users to report lost or found dogs and facilitate communication between finders and owners.
  • Semi-automatically updating database that tracks MU Varsity Overwatch and Counterstrike teams and performs gameplay analysis.
  • Simulation Twinning via Algorithmic Methods for Power Circuit Component Failure
  • Using a Genetic Algorithm to find Type 3 Cellular Automata Systems
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Joint Trajectory Design and Radio Resource Management for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Investment Strategy for Stock Market
  • Wireless Power Transfer Plus Communications
  • Machine Learning-Based Driver Performance Prediction
  • Investigation of Hyperdimensional Computing
  • Solar Powered Vertical Take-Off Airplane
  • Lego Tactile Interface for Design Input
  • Power Amplifier Pre-Compensation for Satellite Comms
  • AFRL Oxymeter
  • Papermaking
  • EPA-UV LED Photocatalytic Fuel Vapor Emission Control Device
  • Ovarian Hormone Production
  • Design and Evaluation of a Psilocybin Biosynthesis Facility

Department Senior Design Links

For more information, Contact:

Colleen Bush

Colleen Bush
Director of Industry Relations

Phone: 513-529-4559

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