Civil engineering seniors participate in a capstone design experience that requires the planning, design, and analysis of systems that include major elements from the sub-disciplines of civil engineering (environmental, geotechnical, structures, transportation, and water resources) and culminate in a comprehensive set of plans. This two semester senior design course requires students to synthesize the knowledge gained in previous courses to develop an engineering solution that integrates the technical, ethical, legal, societal, multicultural, economic, financial, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the project.
While the full responsibility for project completion rests with the student, each design project is conducted under the supervision of faculty advisers and often with the advice of a practicing professional or representative of a sponsoring organization.
As the culminating experience of four years of professional training, the senior design sequence emphasizes the demonstration of critical professional skills such as:
• Teamwork: working with all project stakeholders to develop appropriate engineering solutions.
• Leadership: organizing, planning, and managing all aspects of the project.
• Communication: presenting solutions both orally and written to multiple audiences.
The Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center provides a professional environment for seniors to collaborate on their capstone design projects. The Fites Center includes more than 4,500 square feet dedicated to senior design, including individual work stations with lockable storage, reference libraries, two conference rooms, and additional team work areas.Some projects are suggested and sponsored by businesses, industries, consulting firms, and government agencies. Other project topics originate from the special interests of students and College of Engineering faculty.