1. How many students are in a team?

Teams are made up of approximately 4 students.

2. When should I form a team or join a team?

During the spring semester, find your team from your network of friends and colleagues and agree that you ARE a team.  Please act on this quickly during the semester.  Don’t wait!

If you need help finding a team, contact Mr. Bauernschub: rbauern1@jh.edu.

3. When will the available projects be announced?

On about August 9, we will publish, and send to you, the “book of briefs”. It will have a detailed exposition about each available project, with some background and comments about project scope. You will have until August 15 to consult with your team and prepare your applications. Teams will be assigned by August 18. You will need to negotiate with your sponsors during the week of August 19 to determine a mutually agreeable meeting time for your progress meetings (M meetings).

4. How are projects assigned to teams?

Your team will apply for three projects. We will provide a template for the applications so you know what to include. Think of it like applying for a job. You want to prove that YOU are the most qualified engineering team for projects X, Y or Z, and HERE’S WHY.  If you have worked with your team members on previous projects, or team members have useful engineering skills and background, it will strengthen your application.

Nearly all teams are assigned to do a project to which they applied. It is possible, however, that your team will be assigned to do something you did NOT apply for. In that case, please be open-minded and consider the project on its merits. All the available projects will be real world hardware applications and all will have technical depth.

5. What should I do now to prepare for Senior Design?

If you don’t already have access to use the WSE machine shops and the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, we strongly recommend seeking the training in both additive and conventional fabrication . To get trained, submit a ticket through the WSE “Self Service” web site. Use ticket number 103001.

In addition, stay sharp or develop skills in solid modeling, basic programming, and soldering.  Do a few projects that give you some hands-on experience with measurements and tool use, and troubleshooting on the fly. Those opportunities could be available during an internship, through a student club, projects on your car or around your home.

6. I still have questions…

Contact Mr. Bauernschub: rbauern1@jh.edu.