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:
- Century 21 Department Stores
- Construction Solutions
- 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 .
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 First in 2011-2013 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: http://FAADesignCompetition.odu.edu.
Past projects are shown below and organized by the year of completion. Click on project name to see a project description.
Redevelopment of Paterson, NJ
Site Outlook Motor Sentinel
Housing Solutions Inc
LOK Test Corp
Polonia Construction Inc