Request for Proposals
Do you have an idea for a Senior Design project? Would you like to work on YOUR project and receive funding? If so, read on!
The Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) program is seeking proposals from Engineering students who will take Senior Design next year. Projects should involve teams of 4-8 students from ME, EE, ISE, ChemE, and CE (and other appropriate disciplines) who will work for two quarters (fall-winter, fall-spring, or winter-spring) to design, build, and test a functional prototype (device, process, etc.). Students are encouraged to discuss and develop their ideas with faculty and potential corporate sponsors, such as co-op employers. Up to 15 proposals will be selected to receive funding of up to $500 for parts and materials. Proposals are due by June 15 and selected proposals will be announced by July 15.
- Should be “multidisciplinary” (at least 2 engineering disciplines). Projects that utilize students from other colleges are encouraged. (Non-engineering departments must approve their student's participation).
- Anticipated team size should be 4-8 students, with a target of 6 students. Individual team members do not need to be identified, with the exception of the person(s) writing the proposal.
- Projects must be technically challenging, and anticipated workload should be consistent with two 4-credit lab courses.
- Must identify a faculty “champion” who is interested in the project and will help complete the proposal and facilitate project execution next year.
- Should not require students to sign nondisclosure agreements or forfeit their intellectual property rights. Projects that may result in the generation of intellectual property (eg. patents) are encouraged but students must share design work with faculty to meet academic requirements.
- Funding provided through this program is not meant to augment or supplant funding that is already in place from a grant or other (eg. corporate) source. Once approved, however, teams are encouraged to seek other sources of funding before project execution.
Proposals will be assessed on the basis of these requirements, on the perceived feasibility for a team of senior engineering students over two quarters, and on the level of interest and support expressed by identified faculty. Project selection will be subject to student availability by discipline and by quarter. If your proposal is not selected, it may be considered at a later time if alternative funding and resources can be secured.
Download the StudentProposalTemplate.doc that should be used for preparing your proposal. Submit electronically, by fax, or in-person to Mark Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 475-7102, 475-4080 (fax), room 09-4451, by June 15. Questions should also be directed to Mr. Smith.