Senior Design Projects

One distinguishing feature of Seattle University's engineering programs is the year-long, industry-sponsored senior design projects facilitated through our Project Center, one of the oldest in the United States. The projects bring together all aspects of the CEE curriculum while simultaneously providing students the experience to address real economic factors and operational concerns and to communicate effectively with industry professionals when coordinating real-world engineering projects.

The richness of the scope and technical depth of the projects is made possible by small class sizes, a teaching-focused faculty, and the university's proximity to a robust industrial base in the Puget Sound Seattle area. Moreover, as of 2018, a total of 15 CEE design team projects have earned the prestigious National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Engineering Award, which recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. Since the inception of these awards in 2009, CEE has been among the winners most every year, and in many cases, winning an unprecedented two awards in one year. Click here to browse through the winning 2018 projects of which CEE claimed another two of them!

2017-2018 CEE Projects

  • CEE 18.1 Sugarloaf Well Corrosion Control Preliminary Design Project (Covington Water District)
  • CEE 18.2 Black River Pump Station – Seismic Evaluation and Remedial Design (King County)
  • CEE 18.3 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Gorge Powerhouse (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 18.4 Seismic Assessment of Seattle University Broadway Parking Garage (Seattle University)
  • CEE 18.5 Meadow Road Culvert Replacement at 137th Street SW (Snohomish County)

Photos from Projects Day 2018


2016-2017 CEE Projects

  • CEE 17.1 Reuse of Picnic Point Wastewater Treatment Facility Effluent (Alderwood Water and Wastewater District)
  • CEE 17.2 Ross Dam – Concrete Vehicle Bridge – Load Evaluation and Repair (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 17.3 South Service Center (SSC) Bldg A Seismic Evaluation and Post Disaster Manual Preparation (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 17.4 Delridge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Contingency Planning (Seattle Public Utilities)
  • CEE 17.5 Type, Size Analysis for Culvert Replacement for Fish Passage (Snohomish County)

2015-2016 CEE Projects

  • CEE 16.1 Preparation of Post-Earthquake Manuals for Selected Seattle City Light Facilities (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 16.2 Replacement and Retrofit Options for the Diablo Powerhouse Trailrace Bridge (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 16.3 Process-Based Habitat Restoration Alternatives along Green River in the Auburn Narrows Area (King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks)
  • CEE 16.4 Type, Size and Location Study for Replacement of Snohomish County Bridge #214 (Snohomish County)
  • CEE 16.5 Design of Self-Realization and Skills Development Center in Uganda for Early Mothers (Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church and Coughlin Porter Lundeen)
  • CEE 16.6 Condition Assessment and Feasibility Study for Two Water Tanks (Covington Water District)
  • CEE 16.7 Picnic Point Wastewater Treatment Facility Outfall Upgrade (Alderwood Water and Wastewater District)

2014-2015 CEE Projects

  • CEE 15.1 North Fork Snoqualmie Hazard Mitigation Feasibility and Design (King County Department of Natural Resources)
  • CEE 15.2 Decant Water Reuse Study (Pierce County Public Works)
  • CEE 15.3 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit Design of the Diablo Powerhouse (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 15.4 Mitigation of Liquefiable Soils at Seattle City Light’s South Service Center (Seattle City Light)
  • CEE 15.5 Storage Pond Optimization in the Densmore Basin (Seattle Public Utilities)
  • CEE 15.6 Design and Feasibility Study of Anaerobic Digestion at SU (SU Facilities Services)
  • CEE 15.7 Skagit Valley Migrant Worker Housing – Civil Site Development of a Cultural Village (Catholic Community Services and Parsons Corp)
  • CEE 15.8 Skagit Valley Migrant Worker Housing – Code Revisions and Structural Design Development (Catholic Community Services and Parsons Corp)