Mechanical Engineering Professor Tom Huston is Director of the Design Clinic in the CEAS Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The Design Clinic offers a multi-disciplinary, capstone design course for CEAS seniors in disciplines including mechanical engineering, materials engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering.
Companies participate by submitting design projects by the end of autumn semester (Nov - Dec). These projects are then reviewed by the director and other faculty for design content and suitability. The student teams work on their design solutions from January to June, with full access to the University's resources and research facilities. Companies help defer some of the administrative costs by paying a nominal fee and direct expenses (approximately $3000 on the average) for this academic project.
The Design Clinic experience stimulates and challenges the seniors by enabling them to work on real industrial problems of practical importance. In this way industry is able to participate in the education and training of our graduates. In turn, the students often create new processes, systems and products for our local industry.
Creative brainstorming, critical thinking skills and team dynamics are facilitated through a variety of laboratory activities. Students sharpen their communication skills by practicing presentation and technical writing methods. As the seniors practice and apply their technical expertise and academic skills with the practical design problems, they get ready for the real world in the workplace.
Please call Tom Huston, Design Clinic Director, at (513) 556-2645 to discuss the program in further detail.