Every year, senior engineering students participate in a two-semester Senior Design course, where they apply the knowledge learned in the classroom and work with industry partners on a sponsored project. These undergraduates work in teams, often interdisciplinary to provide innovative and creative solutions for real-life projects. Senior Design is a signature engineering capstone experience for students and the experience helps them realize specific design needs by using engineering skills they have learned through the curriculum.
SENIOR DESIGN is always one of our most anticipated events of the year. Our engineering seniors have worked on these projects—from concept to prototype or plan—for the past two semesters. The capstone project is the fulfillment of what seems like a long and arduous journey in the life of an engineering undergrad. But oh, is it worth it!
This year is especially meaningful because it is the first year we are back in person after two years being “virtual” for the pandemic. To say our students have prevailed amidst challenging conditions is an understatement. This book is filled with projects that will inspire you for their imagination and technical savvy, doubly so when you consider the uniquely challenging circumstances during which these soon-to-be-engineers have studied, worked and prevailed since the spring of 2020.
As a mechanical engineer myself, I’m especially delighted by the mechanical engineering projects that are close to my heart. (I know I’m supposed to be unbiased.) But then I read the civil engineering projects that juggle so many important factors like client budgets and the environment, I’m awed. The industrial engineering teams that can see a way to improve efficiency in just about any scenario and electrical and computer engineering teams that are working on projects for Mars and beyond…these are truly inspiring students that have put their education and creativity to work. The chemical and biomedical team projects lead me to believe our world problems will, indeed, be solved by these enterprising young minds.
I hope you enjoy reading through this book and learning about what challenges our sponsors brought to the table and the solutions our students provided. They worked in largely mixed teams with colleagues who learn, think and work differently than they do. We don’t identify the students’ university in this book because we don’t usually know (without asking) which student “belongs” to FAMU or FSU. Ours is a unique college and these career-ready engineering graduates are well-positioned to infuse their new companies with enthusiasm, drive and the critical “soft” skills (that are actually hard to master) they honed on our campus.
A special thank you to the faculty who have mentored these teams over the past two semesters. Without these important educators and researchers, our college—and our students—would not be where they are today. Most have known these students for many years now. I hope we will continue to know them as engaged alumni and future project sponsors/mentors. It’s been my distinct pleasure to be the interim dean for this year’s Engineering Senior Design and I’m so proud of the accomplishments this book represents.
Senior Design Teaching Faculty & Professors
STEPHEN ARCE, PH.D.
OSCAR CHUY, PH.D.
BETH GRAY, M.S., P.E.
SEAN MARTIN, M.S., P.E.
SHAYNE MCCONOMY, PH.D.
ROBERT WANDELL, PH.D.
Senior Design Sponsors
A big round of applause and thanks to our generous sponsors, who not only provide valuable monetary resources for these projects, but who also mentor and serve as important stakeholders for each of these projects. Our students learn many valuable skills from this process and these mentors, including teamwork, professional engineering principles, client and project management.
- ACMT – Tyler Kane
- Adaptive Carbon Systems
- Arizona State University
- BAE Systems
- Barkley Consulting Engineers, Inc.
- Biosense Webster
- Canon Solutions America (CSA)
- Center for Additive Manufacturing
- Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST)
- Chaire’s Crossing Townhomes
- Chipola Engineering Group
- City of Tallahassee
- Copa Airlines
- Danfoss TurboCorp
- DDA Engineers
- DHM Melvin Engineering
- Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists (EGS)
- FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
- FAMU Way: Phase IV
- Florida Center for Advanced Aero-propulsion
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
- FDOT District 6
- Florida Light and Power (FPL)
- Florida Rural Water Association – Sterling Carroll, P.E., MPA; Peyton Piotrowski
- Florida Rural Water Association
- Florida Space Grant Consortium
- Florida State University
- Ford Motor Company
- Ghost Controls
- GPI, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.
- Halff Associates, Inc.
- Hanger Clinic
- HNTB Corporation
- H.W. Lochner
- Institute for Successful Longevity, FSU
- Keysight Technologies
- Kever McKee Engineering
- L3 Harris
- Magnolia Engineering, LLC
- Mayo Clinic
- Mead & Hunt
- Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH)
- Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division
- NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
- National Security Innovation Network-Navy
- Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)
- Power Angel
- Pratt & Whitney
- Raa Tech
- Summit at Brooklyn Yard
- Toole Design
- Wakulla County Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory
- Waldrop Engineering
- Yamaha Motors
Industry Partners and Sponsorship
At the beginning of each academic year, senior students rank their top project interests. Teams are then determined based on the student choices and instructor input. For consideration by students, projects for the upcoming year should be submitted by May.
We appreciate your interest in supporting FAMU-FSU Engineering's Senior Design. Alumni, friends, and corporations who sponsor senior design projects are vital to the success of our students. Whether you need some independent research and analysis or a fresh perspective, our students are up for the task.
For more information on sponsorship and project implementation, please contact Dr. Shayne McConomy at (850) 410-6624 or firstname.lastname@example.org