The Stevens Engineering curriculum is unique in its structure and what it offers to the student. It provides students with experiential learning every semester in the form of the Stevens Design Spine. Design differentiates engineering from other technical disciplines, therefore it is critical that it play a central role in the learning process. Through the Design Spine, each semester students get the opportunity to apply what they are learning in their more traditional engineering courses within the context of engineering design. This ensures that they are able to understand and appreciate the relevance of what they are learning and how it is applied to solve real world problems on a continuous basis.
In addition to reinforcing the foundational knowledge gained in the classroom, the robust background provided by the Design Spine encourages and develops creativity and innovation in the Stevens engineer. By their senior year students have already put their studies into practice while learning the unique languages of teammates across various disciplines and solving engineering problems of increasing complexity and significance. Because of the Design Spine, Senior Design at Stevens is not senior design in a traditional sense—it is a capstone activity where students are given an opportunity to tackle a significant and challenging real-world problem while applying the knowledge that they have gained through their undergraduate studies. When they commence their Senior Design projects, they choose substantive work that results in a product that benefits society. By the time they graduate, they are prepared to confidently address real-world engineering challenges.
This Senior Design group created technology that monitors the status of seating in the university library, allowing students to look for a seat remotely and save study time.