Engineering Senior Design Day 2023

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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.

Event Agenda and Presentation Schedule


Engineering Design Day is a showcase of innovative, creative, and multi-disciplinary projects developed by our graduating senior students.



Dean’s Message

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 book is filled with projects that will inspire you for their imagination and technical savvy.

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 space…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 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.

I’m so proud of the accomplishments this book represents.


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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.
  • Arizona State University
  • Atwell-Group, LLC
  • Baker International
  • Biosense Webster
  • Blaine Varn, P.E. 
  • Brennan Clayton 
  • Brent Melvin, P.E.
  • Center for Intelligent, Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR)
  • Chad Mason, P.E. 
  • Chandler Hatcher, E.I. 
  • Chipola Engineering Group
  • CIA
  • City of Tallahassee
  • City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities Public Infrastructure 
  • Corning
  • Cummins
  • David Smith, P.E.
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • DHM Engineering
  • Dillan Clark 
  • DOW
  • Dr. Mike Devine
  • Dr. Tiffany Rau
  • Draper Laboratory
  • Dustin Evans, P.E. 
  • Dwight Dempsey, P.E., S.E. 
  • EGS
  • Exactech Inc.
  • FAMU-FSU College of Engineering    
  • Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP)    
  • Florida Rural Water Association    
  • Florida Space Grant Consortium    
  • Formlabs    
  • FPL    
  • GM Financial    
  • GPI, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.    
  • Griffin Furlong, P.E.    
  • H.W. Lochner   
  • Halff Associates Inc.    
  • Hanger Clinic       
  • Innerlight Engineering    
  • INTEL    
  • Jennifer Magavero      
  • Jim Martelli, P.E.    
  • Joey DeFrancisco, P.E.     
  • Johnson and Johnson    
  • Kansas City National Security Campus    
  • Keysight Technologies    
  • Kimley-Horn    
  • Kimley-Horn Tallahassee     
  • Lauren Squillacote, P.E.     
  • Levon Hoomes, P.E.    
  • Lockheed Martin    
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory    
  • Magnolia Engineering    
  • Mark Llewellyn, Jr., P.E.     
  • Mayo Clinic    
  • Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville    
  • New Silicon Initiative      
  • Nik Kasten, P.E.     
  • Northrop Grumman    
  • NSIN-SOCOM    
  • Paul Davidson, P.E., M.S.     
  • Peyton Piotrowski     
  • Reid Thomas     
  • Robert Presnell, City Manager, Chattahoochee    
  • Robins Air Force Base       
  • Sandia National Laboratories    
  • Scott Simmons, P.E.     
  • Sean Marston, P.E.        
  • Splunk Technology    
  • Stantec    
  • Stephen Suggs, P.E.    
  • Sterling Carroll, P.E.    
  • Tallahassee Memorial Hospital    
  • Texas Instruments    
  • Thomas Bishop P.E.    
  • U.S. Department of Defense    
  • Urban Catalyst Consultants, Inc.    
  • Zach Miller, P.E.    

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