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!

Nirmala Gnanapragasam, PhD, PE

Nirmala Gnanapragasam

“I can confidently say that we have one of the best industrially sponsored capstone programs in the nation which prepares our students to enter the work force with the necessary tools. Under the guidance of professional engineers from the industry and a team of licensed faculty members, students learn how to apply their technical knowledge gained in the classroom to solve real life engineering problems. During this process they also develop professional skills such as written/oral communication and project management which are desired by many employers.”

Nirmala Gnanapragasam, PhD, PE Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor

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2017-2018 Senior 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)
  • ENSC 18.1 Rhododendron Preserve Management (Mountaineers Foundation)
  • INT 18.1 Environmental Data Acquisition and Indirect Stress Measurement of the I-90 Floating Bridge (Sound Transit)
2016-2017 Senior 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)
  • ENSC 17.1 Decision-Aiding Maps for Travelling in Avalanche Terrain (Northwest Avalanche Center)
  • ENSC 17.2 Watershed Hydrology Modeling of the Rio Ochomogo in Nicaragua (SU Global Engagement)
  • INT 17.2 Low Cost Environmental Sensors (Glacier Peak Institute)