Sponsor Information

ECE Senior Design is a 2-semester capstone course that is intended to prepare the students for the workplace. All courses up to this point prepare the students with technical background and theoretical training.  In Senior Design, students leverage their technical and theoretical training and apply it to an open-ended design problem. Students learn to work in teams on a “real world” design problem. They learn to research and specify a design problem, to consider design trade offs, and to understand system level and sub-system level implications. They design, integrate, test, and improve upon their design. They then present and demonstrate their technical solution at Design Day at semester’s end. The program cooperates with industry partners and campus research units to define “real-world” design problems for student teams to address. The Troxler Design Center supports the students’ projects by providing meeting space, laboratory facilities and equipment for the projects.

Embedded electronics is a new and exciting field for Hanesbrands, Inc.  The NC State College of Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Program allows HBI to evaluate new ideas with talented groups of well-trained students thereby keeping us on the cutting edge of this emerging market.

Keith Zimmerman

Technical Research Manager, Hanesbrands, Inc.

Over several projects I am convinced there are few better programs than this ECE capstone. Incredibly low cost way to evaluate future talent, get many hours of real engineering effort towards a problem of interest and give back to the education system. Triple win.

Tom Snyder

Executive Director, NCRIoT

Who Sponsors Projects?

Senior Design Projects come from a number of sources: industry sponsors, faculty or NCSU research centers, start-up companies, and individual entrepreneurs.  The Senior Design program also supports projects based on student derived ideas.

Benefits of Sponsoring a Project:

Sponsors can leverage our highly skilled and motivated emerging engineers to:

  • Develop proof of concept type work.
  • Explore or adapt existing solutions on new technology.
  • Free up company staff engineers for higher priority work.
  • Create necessary tools for design, testing, monitoring, and manufacturing operations.

Click the presentation here for more details on Sponsoring a Project. 

Submit Project Ideas

If you have an idea for a senior design project, we’d like to hear from you. The deadline to submit a project idea for Fall 2018 is August 1st 2018.  Here is a sample project submission: Project Description Example.   Simply email your submission to our contacts below using the following template: Project Description Template. 

Questions, please contact us:

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Funding Model

We request the following contributions from sponsors per project:
Established Companies  : $7,500
Start-up Companies       : $5,000
Individual Projects          : $2,000

Senior Design program runs on the contributions made by sponsors. These contributions are used for buying parts and devices for the projects, for maintaining the senior design lab, and buying lab equipment as well as sponsoring events such as Design reviews, Design Day, etc.


Trudi Brown
Phone: 919-513-2251

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality

All work conducted by the Senior Design program is in the public domain and is intended solely for the education of our students. To respect proprietary information, students are permitted to sign the same types of non-disclosure agreements that they would as a Co-operative Education Student or employee. Likewise, the program will respect confidential information contained in project reports by allowing them to be marked “Not for Distribution”. The Senior Design program has an exemption for Intellectual Property created by students during their senior design project – such that NCSU does not own the rights to generated IP. Students and sponsors may negotiate ownership of this IP as part of the Project Agreement. Typically, a student team will agree to sponsor ownership of IP as long as students who are legally inventors are listed as co-inventors on any patent applications.

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