Sponsoring a Project

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1. Scope

a. Project should solve a specific need for a company.
b. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering projects should involve design, modeling and analytical prototyping.
c. Computer Science Projects may be purely software oriented; software projects requiring 2 or more disciplines to successfully execute are encouraged.
d. Projects should not be classified or highly proprietary. If required, students/faculty will sign a nondisclosure agreement. Students should be able to publicly present their work with the mutual agreement of company.

2. Timeline

a. Project should be assigned with  a development cycle of three quarters (9 months) with the following project planning timeline:

  • Project commitment: April-July
  • Project definition:  May-August
  • Project execution:  September-June with design reviews every quarter.

3. Personnel

a. A Team of 3-4 student s will be responsible for the success of the project.
b. Each team will be coached by experienced engineering faculty member (1-2 hours minimum per week).
c. The Executive Sponsor is responsible for ensuring that corporate commitment and funding is delivered on time and that an appropriate Project Liaison is assigned.
d. The Project Technical Liaison provides 1-2 hours per week for weekly updates and meetings/teleconferencing. The liaison should be knowledgeable about the technology and committed to the success of the student team.

4. Funding Arrangement

a. Full funding for a single project is $25,000 per year.
b. Funding can be arranged as either a philanthropic grant or a contract; these mechanisms have differing overhead costs.

Please contact Ted Nye tnye@calstatela.edu for additional information or a Senior Design Project Program Guidelines and  Project Submission Sheet.