Senior Design Projects

Industry Sponsored 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

  Electronic Completion of Land Application Site Requests (2017)
Description of problem
  • Generators of Biosolids (NR 204), Industrial Wastes (NR 214.17 & 214.18), and Septage Servicing Businesses (NR 113) land apply wastes for beneficial purposes (i.e. nutrients and soil amendments).
  • Prior to land applying these wastes, sites need to meet minimum requirements pursuant to the different codes and waste types. Staff is to review these “site requests” and return them to the generators prior to use.
  • Reduce staff time by providing electronic submittals that essentially make the process easier and accurate for generators to obtain site approvals.
Project Requirements
  • Site approvals are dependent upon the specific waste type.
  • Users are NOT typically educated in soils use. Internet access is limited.
  • Soil determinations by Natural Resources Conservation Services are updated on a regular basis. Updates ill factor into design.
  • Focus on people using the system that have limited computer knowledge.
  • See NRCS soil web survey for some information.
  • Team will need to have understanding of soils, wastes types and computer programming skills to overcome challenges.
  • Ideally, the site requests will be able to be submitted online. It is acceptable to generate .pdf (or other files) to particular standards to submit by email.
Expected deliverables
  • Phase I: Automated System. Standalone system that is capable of retrieving data online (or downloaded to system) that can differentiate between approvable acres and non-approvable acres AND provide a standardized map depending upon the soils, wastes, and time of year.
  • Phase II: Online Automated System that incorporates updates from NRCS, Other information and provides an outcome for generators to complete a site request with near 100% certainty the site will be or not be approved.
Location State of Wisconsin. Various sites used for land application of sewage sludge (biosolids), industrial wastes (liquid wastes, by-product solids and ind. sludge) and septage.
Sponsor Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—Environmental Management Division—Water Quality Bureau—Permits Section

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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