Senior Design

All undergrad Bioe students must take the two-semester Senior Design sequence ( BIOE 396/397) toward the end of their curriculum. These courses are intended to give students experience managing a project from start to finish, and applying their course knowledge to real-life design challenges. Specific course objectives include: system or component design, applying standard engineering practices, project management skills, teamwork, and both written and oral communication skills.

1: Propose Your Project

Although most projects are already pre-arranged, occasionally students take initiative and identify their own project and/or sponsor. The most important part of the project is the idea. If you would like to propose a project, please email Terry Layton tnl @ and include a
Project Title, Sponsor Info, and complete description.

The main requirement for a project is to be design-oriented, well-defined, and achievable within an academic year. The importance of the design requirement needs to be stressed since this comes directly from the organization that accredits the Bioe program. Although pure hypothesis driven research does not qualify as design, it may be possible to cast a more traditional research project in design terms. Projects in which students serve as technicians or simply realize a recipe for a solution are not appropriate.

2: Research & Produce Your Project

There are many resources available, to produce a prototype or proof of concept, through your project's sponsor and Bioe department. Your team will be responsible to research your idea, manage your time, utilize available resources, and bring your project into a presentable concept.

Materials & Resources

Materials can be purchased online or at a local hardware store. See Budget & Reimbursement Requirements section below for info on how to process your reimbursements.
For ONLINE purchases, please use links below, build your cart and email to jterro3 @

Depending on your project, you may need access to facilities ranging in type from machine shops, C&T rooms, electronics labs, etc. Your sponsor will have more informations on type of facility you will need for your project. Most mechanical projects can be completed with support from the
College of Engineering Machine Shop
COE Machine Shop

Budget & Reimbursement Requirements*

Please follow guidelines below to process your reimbursements without delay.
  • Budget amount will be predetermined at start of term.
  • Please choose online purchases whenever possible by submitting a cart
    to jterro3 @ . Amount will automaticaly deducted from your budget.
  • Teams cannot use budget for food/meals.
  • Budget is for supplies, posters and equipment, directly related to project.
  • Give enough time and only use free, economy, or standard shipping.
  • Expedited (e.g: 2-3day, Overnight) shipping will -not- be reimbursed.
  • Only one reimbursement is allowed per group. Please have one person make local purchases.
  • Reimbursement will be accepted and processed after EXPO competition.
  • Use reimbursment form provided by your instructor, also available at HERE
  • Submit your reimbursement in Bioe main office room 218 SEO.
  • Not sure or have more questions, please email jterro3 @ .
*Please note: If you have used a BIOE facility for your BIOE 397 project, your reimbursement and/or final grade is contingent upon a final inspection of the space.

3: Present Your Project at EXPO

Every April, you will present your project at EXPO, the annual College of Engineering Senior Design Competition. Historically, Bioe design teams are among the strongest in the College of Engineering and are well represented among the EXPO winners.

EXPO Winners - View recent and past Engineering EXPO winners.

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