ME 470: Senior Design Project
In ME 470, students work in teams under the supervision of MechSE professors to tackle real design problems from manufacturers and service industries. Since 1991, more than 4,000 senior mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics students have worked with 200 companies on more than 1,000 projects. Students gain a variety of benefits from this open-ended problem-solving experience, which requires them to synthesize and apply the knowledge they have gained through their engineering courses, to work within time and budget constraints, and to present their progress and results through regular oral and written communications with company members. Participating companies also benefit from the experience, fresh perspectives on design issues, specific recommendations for resolution, access to outstanding potential new hires, and access to world-class faculty expertise and resources.
"This was a tough project with difficult scope. I was really impressed with their presentation and the work that they did."
"The students did a great job working around Deere's busy schedule. The students were very professional and enjoyable to work with. All design requirements were met. The Angle-o-Meter was a fantastic addition! It eliminates problems with measurement."
"We could have easily spent $20,000 to hire a firm to validate the design, but we thought it would be nice to get some of our own engineering students involved in helping us solve a real problem at their university."
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
"Excellent graphics in presentation. Communicated key issues clearly. Good design recommendations. All presentations were clear. Excellent explanation of problems and proposed solutions."
Cerro Flow Products, Inc.
"This is the first time Vapor has worked with Illinois on a design project, and we are very happy with the results. The team came up with a number of new and novel design concepts."
David C. Griffis
Vapor Bus International