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.
Example of Sponsored Projects
|Electronic Completion of Land Application Site Requests (2017)|
|Description of problem||
|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|
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
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
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.