Welcome: Senior Design


Multidisciplinary Engineering @ RIT -- Senior Design Program


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Each year senior engineering students in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering work on challenging team-based projects as part of the Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) program. This two semester capstone experience builds upon earlier coursework by integrating engineering theory and practice within a structured, collaborative environment. Working in multi-disciplinary teams and following an engineering design process, students assess customer needs and engineering requirements, evaluate concepts, resolve major technical hurdles, and employ rigorous engineering practices to design and build a prototype device or process which is tested and fully documented. MSD is a “studio” course – it adopts an approach to student interaction that is hands-on, instructor facilitated, and student-centered. Students from other colleges are encouraged to participate.

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT fully embraces the goal of providing a comprehensive team-based multidisciplinary design experience for all senior engineering students. All graduating seniors from Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering participate in the MSD program, along with some students from Computer Engineering. Past teams have also included students from Industrial Design, Business, and Software Engineering. During 2015-16, we will have nearly 350 students on almost 70 teams finish their projects, most of them during the spring semester, where they will exhibit their work at ImagineRIT.

Projects may be proposed by companies and other external sponsors as well asstudents and faculty.

Student Projects

Some of our recent award-winning project teams are:

Current projects -- index and links to this year's projects.

Archive -- index and links to all prior projects, since 2002.


Projects may be proposed by companies and other external sponsors as well as students and faculty.

Our project submission form is here: Project Submission Form

Current and Recent External Project Sponsors



Resources for students -- EDGE, Wiki, suppliers, technical resources, design competitions and conferences.

News, photos, and other references

Program contact: email Beth DeBartolo or call 585-475-2152