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Senior Design


Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design

Industry Partner Program for Senior Student Design

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The mechanical engineering capstone design course is intended to be a unique experience for senior engineering students. Students are required to complete a two- semester capstone design course sequence involving application of their theoretical knowledge to solve pressing real-world problems. Each project includes the development and use of design methodology, formulation of design problem statements and specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations and detailed system descriptions. Projects include realistic constraints, such as economic factors, safety, reliability, maintenance, aesthetics, ethics, political and social impact. Students are expected to present orally their results in a series of design reviews. The students document their solutions using a written report that includes an executive summary. A working prototype or simulation of their solution, as appropriate, is required to complete the course.

Design projects enable our students to put into practice what they have learned and prepare them for the workforce. Business and industry sponsor these projects. Students team up as a business consulting unit to solve the client’s technical/business challenge over a 28-week period.

Thank you to our sponsors
ASML, Otis Elevator, Sikorsky and Z-Medica

Our project sponsors not only provide funding but, more importantly, professional interaction as “customers” of our design teams. Their support and contributions have been instrumental to success of the industry-sponsored program and the capstone design courses at the College of Engineering at UNH.

For additional information or future participation, please contact:

Ismail Orabi, Ph.D.
Dept. of Mechanical, Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, Connecticut 06516
Tel: (203) 932-7144, †E-mail: