The Seattle University Project Center partners with businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations who provide real-world assignments for student design teams. Students are from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Senior Design is an academic year-long team-based project where students apply their theoretical knowledge, problem-solving abilities and considerable skill to deliver solutions to problems defined by industry.
The students design, build, and test a solution to a real-world problem in a team environment.
Design teams typically consist of four students, but may be larger or smaller depending on the particular project. Student teams typically spend approximately 1000 hours on their projects, which may include design, build, and test.
Most design projects are sponsored by industry partners. The projects are problems from the sponsoring organization, providing real-world experience for the students.
Yes. Seattle University is a nonprofit private university and the Project Center is self-supporting. Please contact the Project Center for more information.
Sponsors own the intellectual property arising out of the project.
See our projects from our previous year Projects Day Book.
The focus of the Project Center is to provide an educational experience and is designed to help students learn to use their STEM education to real-world applications. All project work is provided to the sponsor "as is" and is not guaranteed by the university. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to be fully engaged with their student team and in the program to ensure the student outputs will meet their needs and function as intended.
Sponsors receive a comprehensive report produced by the project team. Sponsors also receive all prototypes, software applications or proof of concepts that are generated as part of the project. Finally, sponsors receive the ownership of any intellectual property developed during the course of the project.