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Program Goals

In addition to providing a valuable product to the project sponsor, the Senior Design Practicum Program has the following educational goals:

  • Develop the student's ability to apply his/her acquired knowledge to solve engineering problems, and to design realistic systems, components, and/or processes
  • Develop the student's ability to function in a team environment to gain organization and communication skills, to understand professional and ethical responsibilities, to promote initiative, innovation, and excellence, an to foster life-long learning

The Design Practicum Program also offers a mechanism for achieving and demonstrating many of the broader outcomes required by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and a ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Design Courses


Introductory engineering courses provide the technical foundation for two senior level design courses: Design of Mechanical Components (AME 3353) and  Design of Thermal Fluid Systems (AME 3363). The design principles are covered in the senior level course, Principles of Design (AME 4163), which builds on introductory design/manufacturing courses.

Finally, the Senior Design Practicum (AME 4553) is blended with Principals of Design  (AME 4163) to provide a comprehensive design experience in a team environment.

Program Structure

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The capstone program's three major elements are the faculty advisor, the project sponsor and the student teams.

The FACULTY ADVISER advises, coordinates, and evaluates.

The PROJECT SPONSOR defines the project goals and reviews the team's actions

The STUDENT TEAMS learn and perform the tasks necessary to achieve the desired goals

Major Milestones Schedule
TaskDue Date
Project SolicitationAugust - Mid-October 2019
Team/Project Assignments
AME 4163
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Strategic Plan/Team Organization
AME 4163

Mid-November 2019
Plan of Action
AME 4163
Friday, December 13, 2019
Mid-Term Design Review
(Mid-Term Report & Oral Presentation)
Tuesday, March 10 & Thursday, March 12, 2020
Final Design Review (Draft Final Report & Oral Presentation)Tuesday, April 21 & Thursday, April 23, 2020
Final ReportTuesday, April 28, 2020
Poster Fair & Final PrototypeThursday, April 30, 2020
For more information, please contact Dr. Christopher Dalton

Benefits to Sponsors

The program objective is to produce useful results on an open-ended project to the sponsor's satisfaction within the constraints of time and budget.  Sponsors will derive several benefits from this partnership with the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

  • A valuable end product addressing the Sponsor's specific needs
  • An excellent opportunity to tap into the engineering resources at OU
  • Access to creative and enthusiastic students prior to graduation
  • Recognition of your organization as an industrial partner for engineering education

The sponsor provides funds for (1) materials/supplies needed to build/test the hardware and/or the needed hardware, and (2) a donation to cover shop costs and to help us strengthen the program in the future. In return, the sponsor has the ownership of the final project.

“The entire student team did an excellent overall job in teamwork and delivering heat transfer correlations that have application to our engineering design efforts. The students, in spite of a very aggressive timeline, planned and executed a cohesive and determined effort to learn, cooperate, complete the project and deliver quality results.” -Charles Obosu, York International

“Companies have an excellent chance to get to know students and see whether they would want to hire members of the group after graduation.” -Sarah Fogelman, former student participant

“The students from OU AME are adequately prepared for commercial positions. Judging from the projects, they have been introduced to a great array of subjects, from MEMS to oilfield mechanical to thermal systems to electronic measuring/logging instruments. Their use of computers for design, analysis and presentation was demonstrated. Teamwork and communication to develop the concepts and solve the problem were demonstrated. The curriculum and projects have provided the tools that the students will need to succeed as engineers.-Allen Ahlert, Poster Fair Judge, Hitachi Computer Products

“Last week the students traveled to Schlumberger and got excellent experimental results with their sensor approach. First day of testing reaped excellent experimental results. Those results provide pump efficiency, in particular. This is a first for Schlumberger. Schlumberger considers the students'
results to be of great significance."
-Janet Savarimuthu, Schlumberger

“While working on the project, both sponsors and students are given the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art resources available to them at the University of Oklahoma.” -David Baldwin, Faculty Advisor