|Additional Notes||Since 1999, the senior design capstone course has involved a two semester, four discipline project. This year, 116 seniors split into four disciplines (civil-site, environmental, structures, or transportation) and formed eight competing teams of about 13 to win the commission then perform the preliminary engineering for a complex, large, “real world” project while receiving instruction in many non-technical topics that are essential to the course deliverables and to their careers. Four experienced practicing professionals served as discipline instructors. Eight younger engineers, in private practice or a public agency, served as team mentors.
Students produce the following team deliverables, in addition to an individual technical assignment and an individual proposal assignment:
• A team plan for the execution of the work over two semesters.
• A proposal to win the commission for the project.
• An engineering report (and drawings) documenting the preliminary design of the project.
• Formal presentations to the owner’s panel of experts for the proposal and the engineering report, plus working presentations in two progress meetings with the owner.
The mature course (which still changes year to year) is able to operate efficiently because of the many documents and documented procedures it has developed, such as:
Request for Engineering Services (Project)
Cautions & Counsel
Progress Meetings with the Owner
Grades & Grading
Voluntary CAD Exercises