Senior Design

Trade Fair

Please join us between 9:00am and 11:00am on April 23rd in Lockridge Arena for the Spring Trade Fair. Forty student design teams will be presenting their work to the public.

For more information on the event, take a look at the event program: Spring 2015 Trade Fair ProgramPDF versionText only version

About Senior Design

The College of Engineering & Computational Sciences Capstone Design Course is a creative multidisciplinary design experience emerging from combined efforts in civil, electrical, mechanical, and environmental specialties in engineering. Within the engineering community it is widely believed that many of the challenges which are facing practicing engineers, now and in the 21st century, can best be met by exploiting multidisciplinary approaches. This Program in Senior Capstone Engineering Design has been established to demonstrate the value and ingenuity which can be derived from cooperative design efforts among traditional engineering disciplines.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) defines engineering design:
"Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component or process to meet desired needs. It is a decision-making process (often iterative), in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources optimally to meet a stated objective. Among fundamental elements of the design process are the establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing and evaluation."

This course has been designed to comply with the ABET guidelines that require the engineering design component of a curriculum to include at least some of the following features: 
- development of student creativity 
- use of open-ended problems 
- development and use of design methodology 
- formulation of design problem statements and specifications 
- consideration of alternative solutions 
- feasibility considerations 
- detailed system descriptions 

Further, it is essential to include a variety of realistic constraints such as: 
- economic factors 
- safety 
- reliability 
- aesthetics 
- ethics 
- social impact

Becoming a Client

The Capstone Design program in the College of Engineering and Computation Sciences (CECS) pushes students to go beyond their textbook training and solve real-world design problems. Every semester the college has over 50 student design teams who need great challenges to engage with. What opportunities does your organization have that could be addressed by a student team?

SUGGESTED DONATION: Corporate project sponsors are asked to provide a donation of $8,000 to the CSM Foundation. Up to $2,000 of that donation is made available to the student team for purchasing materials. The additional amount is used to support the program facilities, staff, and overhead. Government agencies, NGO's and startups may request exemption from the suggested donation.

TIME COMMITMENT: The involvement of the project sponsor is a key factor in the success of the project. Great project sponsors will commit one individual for approximately 1 hour per week to support the student team. In addition, any training or on-site resources that you can make available to the students are greatly appreciated.

The most successful industry partners share the following traits:

  • View sponsoring a project as an outreach activity which helps train their junior engineers for management.
  • Choose projects from their “nice-to-have” list and avoid having students on their critical path.
  • Treat students like an entry-level engineer and plan on providing guidance throughout the process.

Interested in becoming a client? Fill out our online project inquiry form and one of the course faculty will be in touch before the beginning of the next semester. If you have specific questions, please send an email to to start exploring opportunities with program staff.

Sponsoring the Program

The program relies on the generosity of our program sponsors. If you, or your organization, are interested in supporting the program please consider making a financial gift at Your gift is tax deductible and will make a huge impact for our students.


Colorado School of Mines thanks the individuals and families listed below who have provided valuable support for our Senior Design students.

Program Partners

J. Don Thorson

Program Sponsors


Program Supporters

Al Cohen Family

Program Donors

Matt & Kim Sands    Robert Amaro    Jamie Eichenberger


Colorado School of Mines thanks the companies and organizations listed below who have provided valuable support for our Senior Design students.

Program Partners

Baker Hughes      Shell Oil Company

Program Sponsors


Program Supporters

Phillips 66        Woodward Inc.


Program Donors

AISC      Archer Western

Baseline Engineering, Planning and Surveying      Bowman Consulting

CVJ Axles*     Exxon Mobil      EMJ*      Hearly Keeter Trucking

Holcim Inc.      ICAST Engineering      IEEE      KL&A

Pitsco Education      Schlumberger Technology Corporation      Super Vac*

Steel Dynamics      Zimkor*

*Denotes donation of materials, services, or supplies to the program.

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