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    Project Description Form

    In order to provide a uniform method of presenting projects to our faculty mentors and students, please complete the form below using the following descriptions as guidelines. Click here for a "sample" Innovation Center Project Description Form (DOC)

    Type of project:  Design, design and build, conceptual design, redesign, innovation.

    Background:  General background of your company, and how this project fits into your needs — this is an overview. Your company name is unnecessary.

    Description of the project:  Be specific with project or problem here — nature of design, redesign, failure of component, etc. Generally identify important, related guidelines or criteria, such as size, shape, power source, etc. Emphasis? Research? Conceptual design? Prototype development? Feasibility analysis? Testing?

    Deliverables:  Your expected input from our team during and upon finalization of project? As a matter of course, you receive status reports, oral presentations, visits to your facility, and a final report, so do not include these in your deliverables.

    Your deliverables should be specific: Can it be rapid prototyped? Should it be of the design material? Raw data from testing? Reduced data? Cost estimates? Engineering Drawings? Sketches? Computer simulation?

    This information helps us to define the size of your team and provides us with a basis for discussion between industry and faculty mentors in shaping the size of the project to assure a successful outcome of your project.

    Key words:  In some cases, students look for areas that are of interest to them. Some key word examples: sustainability, ergonomics, fluid mechanics, facilities layout, stress analysis, design for manufacturing, materials research and testing, etc.

    Requested disciplines and skills:  Mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, computer, chemical, automotive, aerospace, psychology, ergonomics, marketing, cost estimating, industrial design?

    Innovation Center projects are for teams of students who are about to graduate. The students have completed the majority of their required courses and have the knowledge and skills associated with their professions. For instance, they can test materials and components and draw free body diagrams. 

    Design I (431) Project Type (check ALL that apply)
    Design II (432 or 490) Project Type (check ALL that apply)
    * Project deliverables (desired results that must be included in the Project Description form, check ALL that apply)
    * Requested engineering disciplines (check ALL that apply)
    * Requested skill sets (check ALL that apply)
    * Does the project require a business plan?
    * Does the project require patent research?
    * During Design Symposium presentations, does your project require restricted attendance for proprietary purpose?
    * Check project schedule
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