College of Science and Engineering

Sponsor Experience

Our talented students and faculty have been contributing meaningful results to organizations throughout the Puget Sound area for over 25 years. Thousands of students and hundreds of project sponsors have utilized our program to accomplish real results on real projects. Students gain the invaluable experience of transitioning their skills from the classroom to the boardroom. The following disciplines currently participate in Project Center:

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Masters level work in Software Engineering

Students are responsible for team organization, scheduling, budgeting, design, construction, project management, documentation, and presentation of their results. Engineering projects span the entire school year from September through June to allow students to truly connect with the entire engineering project management experience. Students present their final projects to alumni, peers, faculty, and corporate sponsors during the annual Projects Day in late May or early June.

Q&A

Q: When do projects start?
A: Projects officially kick-off in late September, also known as Fall Quarter. There is a kick-off luncheon typically during the first week of October, where students and sponsors meet for the first time.

Q: How many students work on a project?
A: Student teams are usually staffed by 3-4 students.

Q: How much time do students work on a project?
A: During the course of a school year students usually work for approximately 1000 hours per team on a project

Q: What are the sponsor's responsibilities?
A: Enthusiastic sponsorship is often the key to good project results. The sponsor should be able to provide company specific information for the students to use, technical guidance, a concise scope, and the time to be able to meet or talk with students on a regular basis to check their progress.

Q: What is the time commitment to be a sponsor?
A: Sponsors typically should be available to students for one hour per week either in person or over the phone. Sponsors should be responsive to students via e-mail and/or phone communications.

Q: What are the benefits of sponsoring a project?
A: The sponsor organization has the opportunity to identify a project or area of work that needs to be completed. In the process of getting some work done on a project, the sponsor organization gains exposure to future potential employees. Sponsors also benefit from creating professional connections with professors. Lending professional guidance to young engineers as they seek to begin their careers can be a very rewarding experience.

Q: What are the best types of projects?
A: Projects that are "on the back burner" or would be nice to get done, but aren't necessarily mission critical make the best projects. See this link for some past project abstracts for more ideas.

Q: Is there a fee for sponsoring a project?
A: Yes, Seattle University is a non-profit private university and the Project Center is self-supporting. We charge fees depending on company size and project scope to allow us to cover the overhead of running the Projects Center. Large capital items required for projects and fees are negotiated and reflected in individual project contracts.

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Project Examples

 Follow this link to view abstracts of engineering projects.

College of Science and Engineering

The Project Center at Seattle University is a win-win program. The Boeing Company gains the experience of working with the next generation of engineers with innovative approaches to projects, and the students gain invaluable experience of real-world engineering in a fast-paced atmosphere.

- Carolyn Brandsema, '88 MBA Vice President, Airplane & Production Replacement Systems, The Boeing Company