Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Senior Design Project Information

Senior Design or Capstone Projects are a common culmination to an engineering degree. The general consensus is that the projects are beneficial for the students by providing a helpful learning experience and portfolio boost.

Participation in a Senior Design Project can also be beneficial to the company sponsoring it. The course provides the opportunity to make progress on a project that might not otherwise get worked on due to lack of time or internal resources. Another benefit for partaking companies is gaining a few fresh pairs of eyes from the students, allowing for multiple different perspectives on potential solutions.

While these projects have clear benefits for students and companies alike, it is important to keep in mind that the results will not be perfect. Finding an optimum level of communication and creative control can be difficult, but the idea is that all parties involved gain something from the experience. We have been fortunate that most of our experiences in the program have been positive, which keeps us participating in the senior design project program at UC Davis year after year.

If you have any questions about our involvement in the program or our residual stress measurement capabilities, please feel free to contact us.

The Design Team from the Spring 2016 Senior Design Project. Left to right: Gabrielle, Kia, and Veronica.

The Design Team from the Spring 2016 Senior Design Project. Left to right: Gabrielle, Kia, and Veronica.

Original article link: http://hill-engineering.com/general-interest/senior-design-project/

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