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Development of an Industrially Sponsored Senior Design Capstone Program: A University and Sponsor Perspective

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Vito Moreno

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Eric Cutiongco

Barnes Aerospace, Windsor, CT

Vinay Patel

Stanley Access Technologies, Farmington, CT

Paper No. IMECE2016-66076, pp. V005T06A034; 5 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5057-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


The University of Connecticut Department of Mechanical Engineering Senior Design (Capstone) Course utilizes projects that are sponsored by local companies. While this approach offers many immediate benefits to near-graduating seniors, it introduces many unique problems to the academic community. Developing and sustaining an industrially-sponsored capstone design program requires an understanding of the synergies and differences between academia and industry.[1] Key issues that are addressed in this paper are project identification, oversight, mentorship and critical feedback. This paper is a collaboration between the Program Manager and 2 of the industry Sponsors from the 2015 2016 academic year. Following a brief discussion of several projects, sponsor comments on the value and areas of continued improvement are provided.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Design



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