What is a Senior Design Project?
The Senior Design Project is a 2-quarter (Fall/Winter & Winter/Fall), team-based experience where students design, build and test a solution to an externally sponsored problem. This format allows students to develop teamwork and communication skills needed for today's workplace, as well as gain valuable experience working to satisfy a user’s need.
Project work includes:
- Defining the problem and scope of work
- Conceptualizing and modeling potential solutions
- Developing and analyzing the detailed design
- Building a functional prototype
- Testing to verify performance
All projects have a dedicated student team supported by a faculty advisor for the Project. Senior project teams develop extensive documentation about their process and results. View past Senior Project reports on Digital Commons @ Cal Poly
The senior project experience would not be possible without the dedicated support of our project sponsors. Sponsors include major corporations, small businesses, non-profits, faculty, and student teams. If you have a design challenge and an interest in supporting the design education of future biomedical engineers, please consider sponsoring a senior design project! How do I sponsor a senior project?
Administrative Tools for Current Senior Project Students
If you are currently enrolled in a senior project, refer to the following information to learn about the process.
Senior Project Guide
Senior Project Guide (PDF)
Project Budget Tracking
Ordering Project Supplies
- OPTION 1: (Preferred Method) - Have the company or organization that is sponsoring your project purchase the supplies and materials you need for the project.
- OPTION 2: Procurement - Complete a BMED Purchase Request (PDF) form to have the BMED Department purchase your requested items with a department procurement card*. Include your project funding information, and have your senior project advisor sign the form to approve the order request. *For order requests from Amazon, Home Depot, McMaster-Carr, Digi-Key, or any other vendor that allows you to share a shopping cart, please forward the entire list to the department purchaser instead of sending individual item links. This allows for faster service and helps ensure accuracy of your order.
- OPTION 3: Purchase your project supplies directly, either online or at a local vendor (such as Amazon.com or Home Depot), and request reimbursement with a Cal Poly Direct Buy form. See below for detailed instructions.
Shipping Information: All procurement orders will be shipped to the following address:
Reimbursement Procedures (for supply purchases): Complete the Cal Poly Direct Buy form, attach all itemized receipts, and turn in to your project advisor. Please tape down all cash register receipts to an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. This makes it easier for scanning and helps prevent the receipts from being lost. For any travel-related reimbursements, please refer to the "Travel Procedures" section.
- Before your trip: At least 1 week prior to travel, turn in your completed Travel Pre-Authorization Form to 13-260. If you are driving a personal or state vehicle during your trip, you also need to complete the Authorization to Use Privately owned Vehicles on State Business STD 261.
- After your trip: Complete and sign the Travel Claim Form for your mileage reimbursement. Be sure to include your project fund/account number, and attach a copy of your Google Maps route as well as any applicable receipts. Turn in completed travel claim forms to 13-260.
- For more information about university travel policy and reimbursement rates, see the University Travel Guidelines.