Our Students Solve Real Problems
Our undergraduate and masters students work on design projects that seek solutions to real-world, large-scale problems that are complex, often ill-defined, and hard to tackle, then produce an initial design solution.
Both undergraduates (two-semester team projects) and graduate students (one-semester interdisciplinary team projects) will summarize their work in a project report, writing a paper that meets the standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Teams present their projects to the SEOR faculty.
Undergraduates also present their projects at two national Senior Design Competions.
These projects are sponsored by a company, agency, or non-profit organization. The instructor typically works with the sponsor to establish the expectations and scope of the project, while the sponsor is responsible for providing the necessary data to complete the project.
Something else to keep in mind: Sponsors often make job offers to the students they meet in the course of this work.
"I decided to study Systems Engineering because I always wonder how something works, and I enjoy working with different things. I can learn different fields of engineering, and I get to work on something new each project."
— Marquise Downs, SEOR student