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Senior Design Project

Miami 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.

To learn more about the College of Engineering and Computing's Senior Design Projects, contact Colleen Bush (

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

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:
    • Team Presentations
    • Senior Design Project 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.

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