St. Thomas Engineer Magazine

Senior Design


to five students undertake each project, with a mix of

these skills are necessary in order for the students to create plans for meeting the project deliverables in the available time and then effectively communicating the design ideas and final solution to their sponsor. The Senior Design Clinic industry partnerships provide invaluable networking opportunities for St. Thomas students. Creating connections with local professionals through projects frequently leads to patent disclosures, recommendations and job offers. In addition, many of the industry sponsors are St. Thomas alumni, attesting to the strength of the alumni network and support they provide engineering students. The School of Engineering is always searching for new industries and problems to be solved with our Senior Design Clinic. If you are interested in learning more about how your company can become involved, contact us at (651) 962-5750 or

electrical, mechanical, civil and computer engineering students appropriate for the project content. The interdisciplinary nature of the teams differs frommany other universities that have senior design project programs and is an exceptional opportunity for students to experience how multidisciplinary teams collaboratively solve problems in the real world. One of the most valuable lessons students learn is how to tackle problems that do not have obvious solutions. Unlike textbook questions, which often have a single correct approach and solution, real-world problems possess a high degree of ambiguity. Students must brainstorm potential solutions and apply engineering rigor and sound judgment to select a solution that will best fulfill the unique design parameters for their projects. Other critical job-related skills that students hone include project management and professional communication;


The Engineering Senior Design Clinic challenges students to create novel solutions to engineering problems posed by industry and community partners. This two-semester course is a critical component of the St. Thomas engineering curriculum as it requires student teams to engage hands-on with real-world design problems and to gain skills in professionalism, communication and project management. Projects are selected from a broad range of partners to match varying student interest, frommultinational corporations looking for fresh ideas to entrepreneurial ventures hoping to take a prototype to the next level. Teams of three


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