Senior Design

Campbell School of Engineering culminates their hands-on, project-based approach to engineering education with industry-supported capstone projects.  Our Senior Design Sequence, ENGR 491 and 492, emulates a professional business environment where students are assigned to projects according to their professional interests and markets that they will pursue.  Meeting regularly with industry sponsors, students learn the basics of project management and systems engineering as they demonstrate effective communication and problem-solving through their Conceptual Design Review (CoDR) along with Project Plan, Architecture & Requirements, Analysis & Test plans in the first semester.  In the second semester, the students develop their prototypes and present a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and a Critical Design Review (CDR) prior to the final document deliverables including design descriptions, test results, and user manuals.

Current industry-sponsored projects for 2019 – 2020 include:

  • Automation and assembly trainer/simulator using programmable logic controller (PLC) and human-machine interface (HMI), sensors and cables (Mertek, Sanford, NC)
  • Facility designs for the IgG purification facility including facilities, utilities and process controls (Grifols, Clayton, NC)
  • Design a 3D model and flight controls tool to accurately capture the movement of the MV-22BCV-22B Pylon Conversion Actuator (Navy, Cherry Point, NC)
  • Design a T64 Fuel Control Parts Testing Fixtures (Navy, Cherry Point)
  • Design and prototype a tin-stamper for manufacturing skid-steers (Caterpillar, Clayton, NC)
  • Design and prototype a “Bleeding Bite Sleeve,” which will be thinner than current sleeves and will have a blood simulant (Army Research Lab, Raleigh, NC)
  • Design and prototype “Elephant Deterrence Pyramids.” Determine size and shape of pyramids for ease of manufacture in Africa.  (Army Research Lab, Raleigh, NC)
  • Investigate and evaluate technology options for reduction of the dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) waste stream. (Pfizer, Sanford, NC)