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Senior Design Experience

Part of every UNLV engineering student's academic experience, the Senior Design project stimulates engineering innovation and entrepreneurship. Each student in their senior year chooses, plans, designs and prototypes a product in this required element of the curriculum. Working in teams, the senior design project encourages students to use everything learned in the engineering and computer design programs to create a practical, real world solution to an engineering challenge.

Beyond the classroom ...

Because of the requirement to work in teams, students also build good communication skills, presentation skills and even business writing skills. They also have to source and purchase the materials for the prototypes themselves, giving them real-world budgeting experience-all necessary skills to have in the business world.

Reward and recognition ...

The rewards with Senior Design are great. A team of industry judges chooses winners in each category based on innovation, commercial potential, presentation quality and sustainability. A cash first prize and second prize are given in each discipline, as well as a grand prize. In addition, the College of Engineering -- through the generosity of patrons Fred and Harriet Cox, as well as award sponsors -- reimburses teams for the costs associated with creation of their prototype. This ensures that teams are not working under unfair financial constraints, but have the resources they need to excel. Awards are announced at on annual event in the spring, the Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Dinner. Nearly 600 faculty, staff, students and industry sponsors and partners attend to celebrate the achievements of these teams.


Business | Civil and Environmental Engineering | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering Science and Materials | Materials Science and Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering | Sustainability




Senior Design Instructors:

Dr. David Ashley, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction
Dr. Evangelos Vfantis, Department of Computer Science
Mr. Brandon Blackstone, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mr. Joe Aldridge, Entertainment Engineering and Design Program
Dr. Zhiyong Wang, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Jim Barbee, Nevada Gaming Control Board
Barbara Brennan, Morpheus Lights
Brad Callihan, EMA
Vijay Raghavan, IGT
Randall Tarr, Clark County Board of Commissioners