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Client-Centered Design

Client-centered projects give students real-life design experience while giving the clients cost-effective design solutions. Below are samples of recent design projects. 

First-Year Design

Each semester, more than 500 first-year engineering students are given a common design project. They brainstorm, prototype, and present their solutions to the clients. Clients who are interested in idea generation by hundreds of creative students may be interested in sponsoring a first-year design project. Below is a description of a previous design project.

Chevron

To introduce first-year engineering students to the importance of sustainability and environmental protection relating to fossil fuel extraction and consumption, Chevron has asked students enrolled in fall 2016 sections of EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design to improve upon current industry standards. 

For more information, visit the Engineering Design Project website

Industry Clients 

If your company is looking for a unique way to impact first-year engineering design education at Penn State, consider sponsoring an EDSGN 100 design project.

Why do we run an industry-sponsored design project?

Students find the industry sponsorship of these projects to be extremely relevant as it gives them an understanding of what they will be doing as engineers when they graduate.

Projects sponsored by industry tend to be multidimensional and highly interdisciplinary, allowing us to include a broad range of practical topics such as economics, management, customer needs, benchmarking, decision-making tools, and ethics.

While many projects have been product design, we have also done component design, service (and system) design, and process design projects. What are the benefits to your company?
Exposure of your company to approximately 450 students for a semester. The project may also be used in corporate and university press releases.

Prolific idea creation, with market value, that is documented in web reports of over 100 four-student teams. These teams tackle your design problem and document the entire design process, from customer needs assessment concept generation and selection to documented final design model or prototype.

Early identification of students for internships and future hire. Past sponsors have hired student interns and full-time employees from the pool of students who worked on their industry-sponsored design project.

For more information, visit the Engineering Design Project website

Senior-Level Design

Engineering design students collaborated with students in the Engineering Leadership Development minor to design a soap extruder for a nonprofit organization in Afghanistan. This organization, called Arghand, encourages Afghani farmers to move from growing opium poppies towards growing safe, sustainable crops. Arghand then purchases the crops and uses them to create high-quality natural cosmetics.

Previously, the soap bars were formed by hand, which was inefficient. The new extruder had to be hand-operated, for several reasons. First, electricity is expensive and unreliable in that region, making it impractical for a nonprofit organization to rely on. Second, a fully mechanized system would take away jobs from Arghand employees, which contradicts the mission of the organization.

The soap extruder is efficient, easy to maintain and repair, and ergonomic.

Faculty Opening

To discuss your interest and possible projects, please contact:

Sven Bilén
Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs
Professor of Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
213 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802
sbilen@psu.edu
814-863-1526

 

About

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952