Senior Design Projects

All engineering students complete an industry-sponsored Senior Design Project in conjunction with the Seattle University Project Center

Explore past Senior Design projects! Browse through the video to see examples from our 2018 graduates and their industry sponsors.

One project I worked on at Seattle University was my senior project, sponsored by Kenworth trucking. We built a fully autonomous tractor trailer coupling system, an exciting project that forced me to work on different disciplines that intersect with mechanical engineering – electrical engineering, software development, mechanical devices, and others. These interactions forced me to broaden my horizon and learn to work with people from different fields.

Christian Heussy, BSME C'17

Students complete their senior design sequence over one academic year through three linked courses: MEGR 4870, MEGR 4880, and MEGR 4890. Students who wish to enter the senior design sequence  must satisfy the following two criteria:

1) The student must have completed all of the classes listed below:

  • MATH2340 (Differential Equations)
  • MEGR2810 (Engineering Methods)
  • MEGR3040 (Data Acquisition and Instrumentation)
  • MEGR3210 (Thermodynamics)
  • MEGR3240 (Heat Transfer)
  • MEGR3500 (Materials Science)
  • MEGR3710 (Machine Design I)
  • CEEGR3310 (Fluid Mechanics)
  • ECEGR3130 (Elements of Electrical Engineering)

Because many of our classes are taught only once a year, sometimes meeting this criterion might mean that a student will have to spend an extra year at Seattle University. The department realizes this and will allow a student to be deficient in at most two of the above courses. If a student is missing more than two required courses, admission is at the chair's discretion.

2) The student must have a minimum major GPA of 2.5

Students who do not meet this criterion need to show that they could raise their major GPA to at least a 2.5 if they averaged a 2.7GPA in all of their remaining engineering courses. “F” grades must be included in this calculation even though the university registrar will replace that grade once the course has been retaken.

It is important for students to realize that even if they have not completed all their junior course work, they have a responsibility toward their fellow senior project team members to have a basic knowledge of the material covered in junior courses they may not yet have completed.