- Prospective Students
ME481 “The Capstone design Experience,” provides the educational capstone for all students majoring in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University. Teams of students design prototype solutions for real world problems. If you have a challenging problem and an interest in working with our ME students, please join us as a sponsor of a ME Senior Capstone Design Project.
Every semester, our partners also sponsor a limited number of humanitarian and educational projects.
Real problems presented by real customers with real needs strengthen the connection of Michigan State University Mechanical Engineering students with their community and their profession.
Capstone projects come from a wide variety of industries and can address a wide range of industrial challenges such as creation of new products to improved manufacturing methods. Examples of recent projects can be found at http://designday.msu.edu/mechanical-engineering/projects-3/
We seek open ended projects which include the following elements:
Capstone design project sponsorship provides an opportunity to build your company’s presence on the MSU campus, increase your contact with Mechanical Engineering students and contribute to outstanding education for our next generation of engineers. Project Sponsors receive recognition in the Design Day project booklet and on the Design Day project displays. While many companies participate because of the opportunity to showcase their company to MSU engineering students, and the potential for creative idea generation, many projects lead to cost-effective design solutions through the infusion of fresh ideas.
The sponsorship fee is only $5,000 per project. In addition to financial support the sponsor selects a staff engineer to be the team advisor. The team advisor will interact regularly via on/off site meetings, mentorship, and feedback. The team advisor is also asked to attend Design Day at the end of the semester to hear the student’s final presentation.
Students deliver public presentation. If project involves proprietary information or issues of intellectual property rights, then students can sign confidentiality and IP agreements with the project sponsor.
Contact Mike Colucci for more information and a short sponsor application form. Project sponsorship is on a first come basis and sponsor applications are due in Mid- August for Fall projects and mid-December for Spring semester projects.
Mike Colucci –ME481 Senior Capstone Coordinator – 428 S. Shaw, Rm 1340 Engineering Building – Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI 48824; ph. 989-295-6473 firstname.lastname@example.org