Solutions Center is an industry-academic-government partnership within the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. Solutions Center is a proven concept in engineering education, fostering innovative, technical collaborations with business, industry, and government agencies. The Center brings real-world projects to undergraduate students in mechanical engineering at California State University, Fresno, where integrated teams of 4 to 5 undergraduate students, a faculty advisor, and a project-sponsor mentor/liaison develop workable solutions. Student teams work on selected projects for two consecutive semesters and deliver tested, functional hardware and documentation to the sponsor at the completion of the project.
Senior capstone design is a two-course culminating experience in the Mechanical Engineering program at California State University, Fresno. The purpose of this course is to simulate an entry-level engineering project in industry—allowing students to apply engineering knowledge acquired in fundamental ME courses to a real-world, open-ended design challenge.
Through this two-semester experience students have the unique opportunity to work with a group of 4 or 5 peer students, who will be personally mentored by a ME Faculty Instructor and a Project Mentor/Liaison from the sponsoring company, government agency, or organization. Students will learn the complete cycle of design and what it entails. At the end of the academic year, actual hardware/software will be produced and presented to the sponsors. Most importantly, by the end of each student’s ME academic program, he/she will understand the difference between theory, paper, and prototype. This capstone experience is required for all undergraduate mechanical engineering students, ensuring that each student will interface with talented faculty, staff and sponsor.
How the Solution Center Works
Design projects are funded by sponsors who provide funds commensurate with complexity of project and details of final prototype. Throughout each design project, the student team works closely with its faculty advisor and project mentor/liaison, who provide technical support and oversee the project to ensure it meets specifications and is delivered on time. Over the academic year, a dynamic relationship is developed, allowing the student team’s solution to come to fruition as a real engineering innovation benefiting the project sponsor.
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