Senior Design Projects
CU engineering students
in their senior year have the opportunity to take senior design courses
in most areas of study. Over the course of one or two academic semesters,
seniors work in teams to develop advanced engineering projects,
many of which are commissioned by industry or government sponsors. By
working on capstone projects the students learn to deal with open-ended
questions, and get a chance to pull together the many things they've
learned in classes throughout their undergraduate degree.
Completed senior design projects in a range of disciplines are
showcased each spring at the Integrated
Teaching and Learning Laboratory's
"I've never had so much fun working on a project in my life. It was great
growing with the team over the course of the year and designing and
building a project from the ground up."
— Chris Homolac, 2007 aerospace engineering graduate
Check out these exciting inventions created by recent
senior design teams:
mechanical engineering students Jay Price, Darwin Millard,
Jonathan Bean and Blake Olson teamed up to design and build an
accessory tray for a rolling walker that makes frustrating
spills a rare occurrence. Having grown up with a father who
suffered from multiple sclerosis, Price was inspired to make
life easier for the more than 12 million other Americans
currently using mobility aids.
The Dynamic Stability Tray incorporates a stabilizing device
consisting of four polypropylene rails along with some ball
bearings and additional components. The device allows the tray
to remain level while the user goes up and down ramps or tilts
from side to side, and it sustains low-speed impacts.
The students already have a provisional patent on their device
and are involved in licensing discussions with a major medical
equipment manufacturer. Their project also won first place and a
$2,000 prize in the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship's
Undergraduate Business Plan Competition on April 30, 2008.
controlled by an Xbox game paddle, the BallBot is a spherical
robot designed to carry a small payload such as a high
resolution digital camera into a locations where it would be
difficult or dangerous to send humans. Ball Aerospace &
Technologies Corp. sponsored senior design students Nolan Amy,
Bradley Brisnehan, Bradford Peagler, Myles Raymond, Cristal
Salcido, and David Tovani for the creation of this project,
which has potential for both military and space use.
TouchUp is a
multi-user, touch-based image editor designed to run on the MERL
DiamondTouch table. This exciting new way to work with
other artists to create and design new images claimed the
People’s Choice Award at the Spring 2007 ITL Design Expo,
which featured 88 different projects. The
Center for LifeLong Learning and Design asked students Jonathan Smith,
Nathan Campbell, Tyler Brown and Brian Braeckel, pictured at
right, to create software that could be used on the center's touch screen table.
It’s a bird,
it’s a plane, no, it’s the Peregrine Return Vehicle! This
high-tech flying machine is designed to retrieve student-built
science “payloads” when they land in hard-to-reach places.
Designed for use by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, this
vehicle uses advanced navigation to return payloads launched on
high-altitude balloons to a
desired landing point.
Vehicle for Icy
driving gets tricky in Colorado? Try going off-road on Europa, one
of four moons that circles Jupiter! This vehicle is designed to
retain traction on icy terrain and climb over obstacles without
dumping its precious cargo. It can traverse 1 km of icy terrain
in seven days in a harsh environment like that of Europa.
engineering students (left to right) Heather Bartlett, Evan
Falivene, Jamie Clark, Tyler Bagrosky, and Audrey Earnshaw got a
close-up look at the medical device industry as their senior
design team undertook the challenge of developing a new device
to be used in minimally invasive surgery. The team designed a
5-mm hand piece for ConMed Electrosurgery,
which is intended to both cut and cauterize tissue with one
Design combined all of my previous courses and gave me confidence for my
— Kristin Constancio, 2007 chemical engineering graduate
Senior design/projects courses by major: