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Senior Projects

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 

Project Sponsors

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

Project Budget Tracking

Track your expenses through the term of your project. Make sure you stay within your project's budget. Keep track of all your invoices and receipts. Refer to the following templates for tracking information. 

Materials Budget (PDF)

Travel Budget (PDF)

Ordering Project Supplies


  1. OPTION 1: (Preferred Method) - Have the company or organization that is sponsoring your project purchase the supplies and materials you need for the project.
  2. 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.
  3. OPTION 3: Purchase your project supplies directly, either online or at a local vendor (such as 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:

Dr. Christopher Heylman or Dr. Michael Whitt
California Polytechnic State University
c/o Department of Biomedical Engineering 13-260
1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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.

Travel Procedures

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