Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Electrical Engineering Design Requirement

This requirement, which involves design and implementation of a solution to a real problem, provides students with a significant and complete design experience, including problem definition, investigation of the state of the art, prototype design, implementation, and evaluation. Projects require synthesis of a hardware or software structure to solve a problem, specification of how the structure can be realized, and construction of the solution.

The projects allow students to apply the analysis and synthesis skills they have developed during their undergraduate course work and appreciate how different areas of the curriculum are related to each other. The students also gain practical experience in problem definition, laboratory skills, teamwork and inter-group communication, prototyping techniques, project scheduling, and other aspects of engineering practice that are not encountered in course work. Both written and oral reports are presented.

Typically, the project requires:

  • A proposal: Description of the problem and design approach.
  • A schedule: Specific tasks to be accomplished with milestones identified.
  • A final report: Description and evaluation of the final design.
  • A poster presentation and an oral presentation at a Senior Design Expo, held at the end of the fall and spring terms. (Only an oral presentation is required for projects completed in the summer term. However, students are encouraged to present a poster at a subsequent Expo, if possible.)

Two courses can be used to satisfy the design requirement:

ECE 1896 - Senior Design

ENGR 1050 - Product Realization