Senior Design


The Sponsored Senior Design Program is the culmination of the undergraduate engineering management education. Typically spanning two to three semesters, students work in teams of up to four persons on sponsored consulting, entrepreneurial and product development projects. The scope of the project is decided in discussion between the sponsor and a Stevens senior design coordinator.  A suitable project is one that provides value to the sponsor, is appropriate to the time scale and meets the academic requirements of the program.

These projects are typically conducted in the two semester design sequence during their senior year and the goal is to have students work on multi-disciplinary teams so that they gain experience in the type of environment that they will experience in their careers. Stevens' faculty members with expertise in the field(s) of the project, together with the sponsor, provide joint supervision of the groups. Progress is presented twice per semester and a comprehensive final report is turned over at completion. Click here to download a copy of the Senior Design Brochure


Sponsored Senior Design can significantly benefit both the students and the sponsoring organization with the students gaining "real world" experience and the sponsor adding value to their projects. Sponsorship provides a context for the project that can afford the students a meaningful bridge to professional work. After an initial proposal is accepted, feedback to the sponsor is typically maintained through site visits, phone calls and e-mail. Recent industry sponsors have included:

Corporate Government/Civil
  • Century 21 Department Stores
  • Flintco
  • Construction Solutions
  • UPS
  • Ethicon
  • Stryker Orthopedic
  • Medina Consultants
  • Magnificent Baby
  • FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • USPS (United States Postal Service)
  • New Jersey Department of Agriculture
  • NYC Office of Emergency Management
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense, Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO).
  • City of Elizabeth, NJ
  • City of Hoboken, NJ

If you are interested in sponsoring a project, please email senior design coordinator Eirik Hole .

Mihalasky Award

This award is given to the Senior Design team in Engineering Management who has distinguished themselves in developing a comprehensive senior design project that reflects that standard of professionalism that John Mihalasky taught his students. (Pictured here is the Elizabeth Emergency Alert System  group that received the inaugural Mihalasky Award in 2006)

Stevens Team Places Third in 2012-2013 National FAA Design Competition for Universities

A team of Stevens students recently placed third in Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions Challenge of the seventh annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Design Competition for Universities The team – Engineering Management seniors Kelley Bancroft, Deonne Francisco, Danielle Pugliese, Megan Webb and Adam Wing – won $1,000 for their submission, the Guairdian System.

The Guairdian System is a cost-effective, GPS system for ground vehicles that operate within the perimeter of an airport. It would continuously inform drivers of their position relative to their cleared area of movement and proactively warn them if they are about to cause an incursion on runways, taxiways, or other areas of the airfield they are not cleared for.

The unique application of GPS technology could have broad applications for improving situational awareness on airports.

“This is a great testament to the student team and how they applied what they have learned in the Engineering Management program here at Stevens,” said Stevens Professor Eirik Hole, the team’s advisor. “They sought out and engaged energetically with key people from the FAA and the Port Authority to intimately understand the problem of air traffic control and how it impacts the overall operations at Newark Airport. Then they applied many of the tools and methods from Engineering Management and Systems Engineering to come up with, and evaluate, an innovative and cost effective solution concept to a very real world problem of ground vehicles entering runways, taxiways and other restricted areas within the premises of an airport without proper authorization. Last, but not least they were able to communicate their findings and ideas in a coherent design proposal that the VP of Safety and Technical Training in the FAA's Air Traffic Organization labeled ‘very well-written.’”

The FAA competition, which is judged by panels of FAA, industry and academic experts, seeks to engage students at U.S. colleges and universities in addressing issues facing airports while providing quality educational experiences and exposure to aviation and airport-related careers.

Students were invited to propose in six technical challenge areas: airport operations and maintenance; runway safety; airport environmental interactions; airport management and planning; innovative application of FAA data and electric/hybrid-electric aircraft technology. 

The competition requires that students work with a faculty advisor and that they reach out to airport operators and to industry experts to obtain advice and to assess the practicality of their proposed designs/solutions. 

This competition is managed for the FAA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium based in Hampton, Va.  Partnering organizations are: American Association of Airport Executives; the Airport Consultants Council (ACC); Airports Council International – North America; National Association of State Aviation Officials, and the University Aviation Association.  Partners assist in developing competition guidelines, provide expert advisors for teams, disseminate competition information to organizational members, and participate in design reviews. 

Stevens Team Places First in 2011-2012 National FAA Design Competition for Universities

Stevens Engineering Management Seniors take top honors in area of Airport Environmental Interactions 

Hoboken, N.J. – A team from Stevens Institute of Technology has been selected as a first-place winner for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) sixth annual Design Competition for Universities.  Stevens was one of four universities to receive top honors out of 207 submissions.

The competition seeks to engage students at U.S. colleges and universities in addressing issues facing airports while providing quality educational experiences and exposure to aviation and airport-related careers.  Students were invited to design solutions in four technical challenge areas:  airport operations and maintenance; runway safety; airport environmental interactions; and airport management and planning. 

The Stevens team, made up of undergraduates seniors, Bradford Antes, James Clague, Steven Koch, and Daniel Nuzzetti from the Engineering Management Program, were tasked with creating a solution to help with aircraft emissions from airports that are damaging to the environment and the health of local residents. The team’s proposal describes a cost efficient, environmentally friendly, alternative approach for gate electrification by utilizing natural-gas powered generators. 

“The fact that our team placed first among 207 submissions from graduate and undergraduate students nationwide, is a testament to the caliber of students we attract to our program,” said Eirik Hole, Stevens advisor and faculty member. “It’s very satisfying to see that the students are able to integrate the breadth of methods and tools they’ve learned at Stevens and take a systems approach to create an innovative design proposal to a real-world problem.”

The competition requires that students work with a faculty advisor and that they reach out to airport operators and to industry experts to obtain advice and to assess the efficacy of their proposed designs and solutions. The team from Stevens worked closely with the Port Authority at Newark Airport's Terminal B and their Office of Environmental & Energy Programs in NYC, as well as a supervisor at Stevens’ own physical plant, among others.

This competition is managed for the FAA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium based in Hampton, Va. 

Panels of FAA, industry and academic experts selected the winning proposals. Students from winning teams equally divide prizes of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place, and $500 for an honorable mention.  First place teams receive their awards from the FAA and present their work at the ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Series Workshop in Washington, DC, July 18 - 19, 2012. Promising designs may also receive FAA funding to take their concepts to the next stage of development. Copies of the Stevens design and other winners can be viewed here:   


Past Projects

Past projects are shown below and organized by the year of completion. Click on project name to see a project description. 




Disney Discover



Hoboken Sync


IM Spire





Hoboken Guided Tour App

FAA Competition for Universities      

Hoboken Taxi Terminal Re-Engineering

Smart City

Virtual Antarctica




E-Advising System

Lockheed Martin Modeling and Simulation and Analysis

Bar Logistics

MTA Data Visualization


Energy Capture for Electronics


FAA Design Competition for Universities


Solar Decathlon - Ecohabit - Engineering Management Team






FAA Design Competition for Universities

Hoboken Green Roof Initiative



The Hoboken Hop Reliability Dashboard

Senior Design Marketplace





City of Hoboken

Magnificent Baby


Stevens Ducks

The Hop


Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Century 21

Disney Imaginations Contest

Fast Financial Aid


Navy ASVC Contest



Steam LEEDers

Stevens Energy Solutions



TRUST Technologies Group

Municipal Energy Frontiers

Formula SAE Competition 2009

Flintco Bid Assistant


Southwestern Hoboken


NYPH Reengineering Project


Century 21

The Stevens Student Alumni Network



Associated Property Management

Jacobus Management

Manhattan Skyline

Duck Equipment Inc (DEI)



21st Century Consultations

Elizabeth Emergency Alert System [EEAS]

USPS Mail Transport Equipment Study [MTES] Team

Scanning Solutions



Step Up

Technovations Inc


LWJJ Consulting



Pro-Trak Agro-Trak

Redevelopment of Paterson, NJ

Site Outlook Motor Sentinel

Housing Solutions Inc

LOK Test Corp

Polonia Construction Inc