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Faculty or Student Design Projects

At TMEP, we recognize the importance of connecting academic talent with industry needs. Our Faculty or Student Design Projects program is designed to do just that.

By facilitating collaborations between our skilled students, knowledgeable faculty, and industry partners, we create a synergy where innovative ideas are born and practical solutions are developed.

These projects not only address immediate manufacturing challenges but also prepare students for future industry roles, ensuring a continuous flow of fresh ideas and perspectives into the manufacturing sector.

In an industry where innovation and practical application are key, bridging the gap between academic research and real-world manufacturing challenges is crucial. Without fresh perspectives and innovative approaches, manufacturers may find themselves struggling to solve complex problems or to optimize processes.

TMEP’s Faculty or Student Design Projects program is more than just an academic exercise; it's a crucible where theoretical knowledge is tested against real-world manufacturing challenges. This program has seen success in various areas, such as creating fast-sampling gas chromatography systems, developing interactive exhibits for children’s museums, and designing cost-effective irrigation systems for small-scale farmers. These projects not only solve immediate problems but also inspire future innovation and prepare a new generation of engineers and designers to think critically and creatively about manufacturing challenges​.

Senior Design projects normally follow the academic calendar and projects typically get selected in the spring or summer and then the project teams get started in the fall semester and projects culminate at the conclusion of the following spring semester.

Faculty projects may follow a timeline less constrained to the academic calendar.

Engaging in TMEP’s Faculty or Student Design Project program involves:

  1. Identifying Challenges. Manufacturers collaborate with TMEP to pinpoint specific problems or areas for improvement.
  2. Project Development. Faculty and students work together to develop solutions, utilizing university resources like labs and workshops.
  3. Implementation of Solutions. Practical solutions are developed, ranging from product designs to process improvements.
  4. Regular Collaboration and Feedback. Ongoing interaction between the academic teams and manufacturers to refine and improve solutions.
  5. Final Presentation and Evaluation. Students present their solutions, providing detailed descriptions or prototypes for assessment.

Get started today!

  1. Contact a Solutions Consultant to discuss your opportunities or challenges.
  2. Together we will help you get connected to this powerful resource.
  3. Work with the engineering project team to see your project completed.