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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.

Miami University 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 private companies, public organizations, nonprofits, startups, and even help fellow Miami students refine their entrepreneurial ideas by providing technical resources to the project development.

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
  • Most projects are nine months from August to April; consideration will be given to four month projects from August to November or January to April
  • Three to five team members
  • 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

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to support the design team
  • Determine the project budget
  • Optional Company activities:
    • Attend team meetings
    • Host the students at your facility/site for a tour
    • Provide employees to act as judges for the student presentations


For Senior Design Projects that start in Fall and end in Spring

  • Senior Design Project Applications are now open for Fall 2024.
  • August 15: Senior Design Application closes for Fall Semester Projects
  • Late August: Students matched with projects
  • Mid-September: Student team members meet with company liaison for kick-off meeting
  • December: Project Update
  • Early May:
    • Team Presentations
    • Senior Design Project Expo
    • Alumni Conference and Senior Design Project Award Presentations

Most Senior Design Projects last for two semesters.  Consideration will be given to projects that have a one semester duration.

There are a limited number of Senior Design Projects that start in January and end in December. Please complete the Senior Design Project Application prior to December 1.

Project Application

Please complete the Project Application Form to share details on your potential project.

Contact Information

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

The College of Engineering and Computing