Senior Design is the culminating design experience in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at CU Boulder. The purpose of this course is to simulate an entry-level engineering project in industry—allowing you to apply the engineering knowledge you acquired in the fundamental ME courses to a real-world, open-ended design challenge. 

Senior design students presenting their work to an industry memberThrough this two-semester experience you have the unique opportunity to work with a group of 5 or 6 peer students, who will be personally mentored by a CU ME Faculty Advisor and an Industry Mentor from the sponsoring company, government agency, or organization (many non-profit).

You will learn the complete cycle of design and what it entails. At the end of the academic year, actual hardware/software will be produced and presented to the sponsors. 

Most importantly, by the end of your ME career, you will understand the difference between theory, paper, and prototype. This course is required for all undergraduate mechanical engineering students, ensuring that you will interface with talented faculty, staff and sponsoring companies.