Designing the Future
More than 1,200 have gone through the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s capstone Senior Design program since its founding in 1984. Each year, industry sponsors’ cutting-edge projects motivate and excite our students to explore the challenges of design engineering in the real world.
Our sponsors provide student teams with funds for materials, access to world-class resources, and technical contacts; and the students provide sponsors with functioning prototypes that have gone through the design loop several times and have been tested at the clients’ facilities.
Medical Devices & Systems
Projects challenge students to solve important clinical needs through the development of translatable medical devices and systems. Past projects include, for example, a refrigerated “blood cart” that can transport blood products while keeping them at the correct temperature.
Industrial, Safety, and Military Equipment
Students build new technologies to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Projects have included safety mechanisms to reduce lawnmower injuries to children and a new system to keep EMTs safer during transport calls.
Environment & Space
Students apply their engineering skills to projects that will help explore and improve our environment, from the ocean floor to outer space. Recent projects include a prototype that will allow researchers to collect and analyze space dust from the high atmosphere.
Music and Recreation
Sometimes engineers just need to build something fun. Students have designed, prototyped, and tested concepts for new guitar parts, a better lacrosse stick, and even a funnel cake machine.
Our Senior Design program has a strong history of collaboration with sponsors from a range of disciplines across industry, government, academia, and nonprofit. Sponsors provide an open-ended problem and our students take the project through the design process to deliver their client an inventive, tangible solution. Projects that sponsors may not have the time or resources to pursue become the top priority of a team of Hopkins engineers.
Sponsors continually tell us that the Senior Design experience gives a solid return on their investment. Sponsors are exposed to the fresh perspectives and creative thinking of the very best undergraduate engineers—and Hopkins faculty—and a talent pool of potential employees.
The capstone Senior Design experience allows students to develop skills and apply concepts that are valued by employers. In return, sponsors get the opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders in innovation and engineering design. It is a win-win for all involved.
Become a Sponsor
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Projects with Purpose
Senior Design requires students to draw upon the four years of knowledge and experience they’ve gained in their engineering studies and put it to practical use. Here’s a sampling of the unique projects our students have worked on:
Juniors, Prepare for Senior Design!
Though the course is called “Senior Design,” the preparation work begins in the Junior year. Here’s how to prepare: