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Corporate Partnership

Internship inEngineering Design

Internship in
Engineering Design

Senior Design (ME4020) Program Overview
Senior design is the capstone course of the ME curriculum. Students work in teams of 4 to 6 to engineer practical solutions to open-ended problems. It integrates previous course material with team and communication skills in this project based learning context. The teams complete the entire design cycle (Plan, Design, Build, & Test).

Corporate Partnership
Companies who sponsor a Mechanical Engineering Design Internship provide a problem for students to solve and act as the customer for the project. Throughout the process, they are in contact with student teams for questions and advice, and provide parts & test facilities as needed. Sponsorships come in the form of financial support via an educational grant ($10,000 per project).

What Makes a Good ME4020 Problem?

  • There is a clear problem to be solved. It is unique and has not been solved thoroughly before.
  • The customer requirements are known.
  • Many concepts are possible, and not just one natural solution to which the students will gravitate.
  • The solutions require application of engineering principles learned in the ME curriculum and create appropriate analytical challenges.
  • Solving the problem fulfills a practical need.
  • The project is reasonable in scope and complexity.
  • Faculty, facilities & resources are available to the students to fulfill the project requirements.

 Benefits of Partnerships

  • Access to great engineering students

  • Multiple innovative ‘outside-the-box’ solution proposals

  • Name recognition and presence on campus

  • Direct input to the educational process

  • Visits to campus to build relationships with students and Department of Mechanical Engineering

Deliverables

  • Oral and written reports (Interim Review, Final Design)
  • Drawings and Bill of Materials
  • Rights to use ideas generated
  • Prototype (to be discussed)

 

LEARN MORE AND CONTACT

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Confidentiality and IP: Standard Clemson University NDA can be applied if requested. Advanced notice is needed. Special agreement on ownership of IP must be discussed in advanced if required.

Contact:

Tim Guggisberg
Clinical Assistant Professor
864.656.2023 | tguggis@clemson.edu