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Industrial Partners

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is proud of its relationship with our industrial partners.

The primary benefits that you may garner from a partnership with Clemson University are access to our students besides a set of solutions to your problem.  While we solicit real-world design problems you are addressing, we work with you as a customer to deliver student-generated innovative solutions.  Each project has teams of students who work upon it (varying in size and number with the complexity of the problem and the scope).  The department will work with you or your representatives to develop your problem into one that is appropriate for our students.  A rough gage to used to assess the project's appropriateness for a semester-long senior design project is to compare it to a project that would take a full-time employee approximately four weeks to complete.  This is a rough estimate but accounts for the novice nature of the students, the balance of the students working on the project approximately 10 hours per week (besides other courses and responsibilities), and that the teams are self-managed.

We provide an advisory committee for every project that comprises typically two faculty members that meet weekly with the student teams to ensure satisfactory progress.  Clemson supplements the advisory committee with external retired engineering professionals to provide an additional "real world" flavor to the course.  In addition, we have introduced a novel concept of team coaches; graduate students that have been trained in project management and design tools who meet regularly with the team to help manage their effort.   

If you are not already an industrial partner of the department, we invite you to explore the opportunities that a partnership with Clemson University can make to your business. There is a nominal fee that is considered a "gift" to the department to support this course in terms of faculty time, facilities dedicated to the projects, and prototyping materials.  We look forward to challenging projects to better educate our students and your future employees.


Dr. Gregory Mocko
Clemson Capstone Design Coordinator
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Clemson University
243 Fluor Daniel Building
Clemson, SC 29634-0921
Telephone: (864) 656-1812