Support ECE Senior Design

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 Department 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

One of the projects was to put together a “Construction Wall Panel Layout & Assembly Program”A team of electrical and computer engineering students developed a program to optimize wall panel use and layout and another team built a working robotic model to lift wall panels in place.

This program creates a Bill of Materials and provides an actual printed layout. The electrical engineers’ robot will reduce fatigue and injury while increasing productivity.  With robotic assistance lifting heavy wall panels, we can guide and set panels in place with less wear-and-tear on our own crews.

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Shelly Mony-Chhem

Project Estimator, Doggett Concrete

Who Supports Projects?

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

Benefits of Supporting a Project:

You 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.

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Submit Project Ideas

If you have an idea for a senior design project, we’d like to hear from you.   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:

Teaching Associate Professor;
Supporting a Project

Large, Established Companies:  $7,500
Small, Start-up Companies:        $5,000
Individual Projects:                      $2,000

The ECE Senior Design program is self-funded, receiving no department, university, or state funding to support operating expenses.  Funds 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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