The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering (Texas ECE) hosted the Spring 2015 Senior Design Open House on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Texas ECE undergraduate seniors presented demonstrations of their projects spanning two semesters of work.
The UT ECE Senior Design Projects provide a unique and supportive environment for industry to work with faculty on senior classroom projects. This mutually beneficial partnership supports academic excellence by ensuring the presence of a top ten ranked department, supporting UT ECE’s educational mission, and by creating an environment where students can learn from a practical application of learning to real world problems; supports industry needs to present their problems as well as develop strong relationships with students and faculty; and supports the department in providing a robust and practical curriculum with industry expertise, equipment, and funding.
Upper division undergraduate students in UT ECE complete a required capstone design course sequence. In the courses, students solve open-ended problems submitted by industrial collaborators. Students work in small groups over two semesters to identify an opportunity, define the problem, analyze competing needs and requirements, perform prior art and patent searches, develop alternative designs, carry out cost analyses, and select and implement a design solution.
Companies partner with faculty and student teams, providing funding, equipment, industry expertise, and mentoring as the team works toward a successful outcome to their design problem.
UT ECE is deeply appreciative of our industrial collaborators, whose expertise and support makes these projects successful and meaningful. Industry project sponsors for the Spring 2015 projects include AT&T, Alderman Family, Baker Hughes, Cameron, Dun & Bradstreet, National Instruments, Plantronics, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Xilinx.
Apple, Inc. generously donated Apple products as prizes for the top projects presented at the Open House.
To learn more about joining these industry leaders in sponsoring Senior Design Projects, please contact Jennifer Campbell at:
Find out more at www.ece.utexas.edu/industry