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University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2016

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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

All undergraduate engineering students are required to complete a team-based senior design project as part of their capstone design experience. Student projects should be commercially viable, innovative, locally relevant and, socially and environmentally conscious. Typically, students work in teams of 3 or 4 over the two semesters. Students complete a detailed description of the project including design objectives, design criteria, design evaluation, design alternatives, and selection of the recommended alternative in the first semester. Progress reports are submitted by the groups and evaluated by the instructor weekly. In the second semester of the courses, students build, and test prototype of the project. A final report is prepared and an oral presentation is made to interested faculty, students, and local professionals. In addition, the college conducts a college-wide senior design competition among all the projects at the end of the second semester. The competition is conducted in the week before finals in the fall and spring semesters. The projects are evaluated by industrial judges based on Innovation, technical merit, design, commercial potential and presentation skills. Winners receive cash prizes (a total of $40,000 a year with a top prize of $4,000 per semester) and medallions in an annual ceremony of 600+ donors, industrial partners, faculty, staff and students. The competitions and events are sponsored by The Fred and Harriet Cox family. Starting in 2010, the Engineering students had the option to work with the College of Business students to develop business plans for their projects and also get their projects patented with the help of alumni patent lawyers.

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