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 curriculum.
2020 SENIOR DESIGN TEAM PROJECTS
Engineering Design Day is a showcase of innovative, creative, and multi-disciplinary projects developed by our graduating senior students.
Senior Design, Remote-Style
OUR GRADUATING SENIORS complete their one-year senior design projects typically in the Spring semester of their final year. This year’s class, getting ready to finish their prototypes and prepare their final presentations, was hit by the COVID-19 crisis that prevented them from returning to their physical classrooms and meetings after Spring Break. Our faculty scrambled to deliver online classes to finish the semester. This took a lot of reconsideration of project goals for each senior design team, because in some cases the teams were not able to access facilities they needed to complete their project. A lot of accommodations and flexibility were needed on the part of the students and the senior design instructors, as they zoomed into the night to make sure that projects were modified as needed. In the process, instructors made sure that the capstone learning outcomes were not compromised but that students would be able to complete their project assignments with the resources that were available to them remotely.
I want to thank our seniors for being very upbeat about this difficult situation. Not only were their senior design courses impacted, but also our graduating seniors will not be able to attend a physical graduation until after this summer. I am very proud of the outcomes of senior design this year, and congratulate our students for their great work. You will see the outcomes in this book—including many entrepreneurial projects, an increasing number of socially conscious projects from human trafficking prevention to a skate park and hurricane waste disposal, and lots of high tech challenges, from robotic linemen to superconducting electronics. We are grateful to the more than 37 organizations that sponsored our projects. It is invaluable for our students to be exposed to projects and mentoring from real-world organizations.
Dean J. Murray Gibson, 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.
- Air Force Research Laboratory
- Applied Superconductivity Center
- Arizona State University
- Barkley Engineering – Doug Barkley, M.S., P.E.
- Bay County Tourism and Development – Dan Rowe; J. Michael Brown
- Bret Berry
- Campus Reimagined
- City of Tallahassee
- City of Tallahassee CBWM – Reginald C. Ofuani
- City of Tallahassee UU&PI – Eric Etters, P.E.; Donna S. Nichols, PE, CPM
- Crowley Maritime Corporation – Ernesto Garcia
- Cummins, Inc.
- Danfoss Turbocorp
- Dewberry Engineers Inc.
- DHM Melvin Engineering – Paul Davidson, M.S., P.E., C.G.C; Jamie Graham, P.E.; David Crow
- EPA Region 4 and FEMA / DHS – Michael Burns, CUPP Program Manager; Olivia Scriven, Ph.D., FEMA RCG / Academia Advisor
- FC McColm Consulting
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – Stephen Buck, P.E.
- Florida Power and Light – Genese Augustin
- Florida Space Grant Consortium
- FSU Film School
- Genesis Halff – Echo Gates, P.E., LEED AP
- Golden Eagle Homes Association – Vinayak Hegde
- High-Performance Materials Institute – Hui Wang, Ph.D.; Zhiyong Liang, Ph.D.
- Lockheed Martin
- Magnolia Engineering – Carmen Greene, P.E.
- Murray and Faye Gibson
- NASA Marshall Space Flight Center – Ian K. Small
- Northrop Grumman Corporation – Tameika Hollis, Peter Stenger, Stan Zoubek, Jennifer Tecson
- Northwest Florida Water Management District – Brett Cyphers
- Pratt & Whitney-UTC – Dele Awofala
- Sandia National Labs – Michael Frank, Ph.D.
- Tallahassee Community College
- Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare – Logan Van Wagenen
- Tect Power – Heather Broadway
- Texas Instruments – Hubie Payne
- Waldrop Engineering – N. Kasten, E.I.; J. Larocque, P.E.
The tragedy left behind by Hurricane Michael will not be forgotten in Tallahassee and the Florida panhandle. This year, we decided to start the campaign #EngineeringServes with resilience against natural disasters in mind. We want to promote the creation of projects that have a purpose, can help people--but most importantly bridge the gap between the students and the community.
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 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