Capstone Design Program

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We Build Engineers

Real world experience is the cornerstone of our engineering undergraduate program. Nothing exemplifies this more than Senior Design where we don’t just teach engineering— We Build Engineers.

Since 1999, Senior Design has



Design Challenges

Partnered with


Industry, Academic & Community Sponsors



Engineering Students

The Challenge

Students design, build, and test a solution to their industry sponsor’s engineering challenge. They hone their technical and managerial skills as they move their ideas from concept to reality. Working under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students develop multi-disciplinary teams equipped to serve a variety of technical problems. Students and faculty have expertise in:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Composites
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics & Controls

Fall Engineering Design Celebration

The Fall Engineering Design Celebration is a half-day conference that showcases and celebrates our mechanical engineering students’ many accomplishments during the fall semester, including Senior Engineering Design. View the schedule and projects.

The Solution

At the end of the semester-long course, students present their sponsors with a tangible solution to their original challenge. Many sponsors integrate these solutions directly into their design and manufacturing processes. Students utilize the University of Delaware’s on-site design workshops and laboratories to fabricate and test their designs. this includes:

  • Student Design Studio
  • Machine & Electronics Shops
  • Materials testing Facility
  • Computational Simulation Software
  • Rapid Prototyping Systems

Interdisciplinary Teams

Our student teams span several disciplines, including: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

The Impact

Senior Design builds lasting partnerships between the university of Delaware and the business community. Our graduates gain real-world experience that benefits their future employers while producing valuable intellectual property that directly benefits our industry partners.

Sponsor Benefits


1,200+ hours devoted to developing your engineering solution


Exposure to students with creative young minds and high employment potential


Teaching and project management opportunities for your employees


Connection to advanced research and technology at UD


Past Sponsors

Advanced Materials Technology
Agilent Technologies
Air Liquide
Chesapeake Light Craft‎
Christiana Care
Fortive: Anderson-Negele
Fortive: GEMS
Fortive: Specialty Product Technology
Globus Medical
Helen F Graham (Christiana Care)
ILC Dover
Independence Prosthetics & Orthotics
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co.
New Bolton Center
Norwalt Design
Phase Sensitive Innovations (PSI)
Precision Air Convey
Schiller Grounds Care
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Smiths Detection
Terumo Medical Corporation
The Gill Corporation

University of Delaware
– Athletics
– Earth Ocean & Environment
– Mechanical Engineering
– Plant & Soil Sciences
– Kinesiology
– Physical Therapy
W.L.Gore & Associates
West Pharmaceuticals


Alexander J. De Rosa

Jenni Buckley, PhD