Senior Design Projects

The UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science prides itself on providing students with hands-on, practical experiences to prepare them for the workforce. Students working on design projects no longer feel like students, they feel like engineers . . . and that is the magic of industry-sponsored student projects.  At this point in their college career, students own their education; and that is the first step towards becoming a professional.

Program Overview

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science provides opportunities for students to work on real-world engineering designs. Thanks to our partnerships with industry and government agencies, students get to manage and complete a real project under real-world constraints. These projects are most commonly part of a senior design class in which students work on a project from a real company to design outcomes that adhere to applicable engineering and other standards, as well as problem constraints. Guided by UW-Platteville faculty with input from industry representatives, students will produce solution that consider relevant economic, sustainable, ethical, social environmental, health and safety, political and legal issues.

Example of Sponsored Projects

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Sponsor Benefits

Are you looking for a way to engage with UW-Platteville engineering students, build brand recognition, and gain new perspectives on design challenges? By sponsoring a project, your company can provide real-world challenges for our students that help them realize their potential as a new engineer. In turn, you receive a chance to evaluate the skills and attitudes of future engineers and gain from their innovative ideas today, while they are guided by UW-Platteville engineering faculty. Your sponsorship represents an important investment in engineering education at UW-Platteville, and together we can continue to develop the skills that prepare our students for a successful transition into the work place.

Specifically, benefits to you include:

  • Enhances the Corporate Partner’s brand recognition with future graduates
  • Recognition as a sponsor on College of EMS webpages and publications
  • Offers an opportunity to showcase the Corporate Partner’s company to students during on-site visits
  • Provides interactions with senior students on a project of the Corporate Partner’s choice
  • Gain fresh perspectives from students to create unique solutions
  • Taps into the multidisciplinary expertise of UW-Platteville faculty in a variety of disciplines
  • Supports workforce development by providing real-world experiences for students
  • Invests in strong engineering programs at UW-Platteville

Student Benefits

How will design projects benefit a student?
Senior design projects and class projects foster development of highly marketable skills:

  • Active problem analysis: The skills of brainstorming, problem solving and benchmarking are developed.
  • Design Analysis: Students design processes, standards and experimentation, as well as use leading CAD and analysis software.
  • Innovation: Students gain exposure to intellectual property, patent and copyright law essentials.
  • Teamwork: Many of the student's design projects are performed as a team and some involve interdisciplinary projects and/or teams. This experience of collaborative problem solving, respectful interaction, and coordination to achieve a shared goal allows engineers-to-be to develop important teamwork skills valued by employers.
  • Strong communication skills: Students present their ideas in writing and in presentations, use graphical and multimedia tools in the design process, create a project poster, and write a final report.
  • Project Management:  Student project managers develop the organizational and people skills needed to build trust and communication among all of a project's members.
  • Improved marketability: By having real-world engineer responsibilities, students improve their marketability in the workforce upon graduation.
  • Work with a potential employer: Throughout the experience, students are exposed to products, engineering practices, and the industrial sponsor’s culture, allowing them to assess the sponsor as a prospective employer.

How to Sponsor a Project

We invite you to experience first-hand the many benefits of participation in our Industry-Sponsored Projects program.  Getting started is as easy as contacting the EMS Project Coordinator.  We can discuss potential ideas or schedule a visit to your facility to get the brainstorming process started.

Below are some initial considerations for becoming a project sponsor:
  • Identify one or more project or opportunities involving open-ended design solutions, they are appropriate for entry-level engineers in your organization, they are not on your company's 'critical path', and could be completed on-campus during the academic year.
  • Demonstration units can be created to highlight STEM and core principals of your industry.
  • Consider the engineering disciplines which are most appropriate for the project-our program can accommodate.
  • Identify a project champion or company liaison who will commit time for regular interaction with the student team.
  • Anticipate the resources that will be required for successful completion of the project.
  • Commit funds to sponsor the program. .
  • Contact us by phone or email for a more detailed discussion, and to work through the process of sponsoring a project team.

 

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