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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


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




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.


Tim Guggisberg
Clinical Assistant Professor
864.656.2023 |