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Senior Design Project

senior design team working in a classroom

The senior design program is a year-long opportunity for senior engineering majors to work directly with industry sponsors to produce a solution to a relevant issue. The project begins in the fall of students’ senior year, and project completion is expected the following spring. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology requires a major design experience (MDE), and the senior design project is modeled after this to give students real-world experience.


2023-2024:  Design and Development of a Stethoscope Cleaner
Funding:  $10,000
Customer:  Breezy Thoughts, LLC

2023-2024:  Eddy Current Dynamometer Instrumentation and Control System Development
Funding:  $10,000
Customer:  TCU Engine Test Lab

2023-2024:  Autopiloted Sonar Survey Craft Advancement Development
Funding:  $10,000
Customer:  Freese & Nichols, Inc.

2022-2023:  Design and Development of a Vapor Recovery Unit (VRU)
Funding:  $20,000
Customer:  Colt Midstream

2022-2023:  Testing System Development and Performance Evaluation of Phase Light Modulator Devices
Funding:  $12,000
Customer:  Texas Instruments

2022-2023:  Automated Tennis Ball Retriever
Funding:  $10,000
Customer:  Diamondback Industries

2021-2022:  Design and development of a Mechanical Enclosure Workflow using Fusion 360 Generative                                        Design Tools and a 3D Printer
Funding:  $4,000
Customer:  Hiller Measurements

2021-2022:  Investigation, Development and Testing the Triciple or Tricypedal Vehicle
Funding:  $10,000
Customer:  DYCOR

2021-2022:  Dual Concentric Turntable Theatre Stage
Funding:  $6,000
Customer:  TCU Theatre

2020-2021:  Factory Acceptance Testing Electrical Control Panel
Funding:  $5,000
Customer:  Master Flo Valve

  • 2019-2021:  Harness and Lug Efficiency Systems
    Funding:  $20,000
    Customer:  WABTEC
  • 2019-2021:  Design and Development of a Lab-Scale Rotary Dryer
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  Lhoist North America
  • 2019-2020:  Automated Thermal Flattening of Convoluted Hose
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  Parker Hannifin
  • 2019-2020:  Smart Plunger
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  SmartLift Solutions LLC
  • 2018-2019:  Design and Development of an Actuation and Extraction Force Tester for Switch Assemblies
    Funding:  $20,000
    Customer:  Applied Avionics Inc.
  • 2018-2019: Emissions Opacity Testing Using Machine Vision
    Funding:  $20,000
    Customer:  BNSF Railway Company
  • 2018-2019:  Laser Position Accuracy Test Set
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  Rotating Precision Mechanisms Inc.
  • 2018-2019: lnvestigation, development and testing of plunger lift systems
    Funding:  $20,000
    Customer: Smartlift Solutions LLC
  • 2017-2018: Development & Testing of Automated Methods for Unloading Bricks from Kiln Car Hacks
    Funding:  $25,000
    Customer:  Acme Brick Company
  • 2016-2018:  Ballistic Catch Box
    Funding:  $68,000
    Customer:  Lockheed-Martin Missile and Fire Control
  • 2016-2017: Design of an Electronic Grip Gauge
    Funding: $10,000
    Customer: Lockheed-Martin Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Group
  • 2016-2017: Design of an Adhesive Dispensing System
    Funding: $60,000
    Customer: Klein Tools
  • 2015-2016: Development of a Variable Irradiance Tester for DLP Mirror Array
    Funding: $10,000
    Customer: Texas Instruments Inc,
  • 2015-2016: Automated Stanchion Project
    Funding: $50,000
    Customer: Parker Aerospace
  • 2015-2016: Development of an Inverter IGBT Torque Tool
    Funding: $30,000
    Customer: GE Transportation (Locomotives)
  • 2014-2015: Development of a Building Energy Usage Monitoring System
    Funding: $25,000
    Customer: Axxis Building Systems, Inc.
  • 2014-2015: Bone Processing of Skeletal Remains
    Funding: $40,000
    Customer: UNTHSC’s Center for Human Identification
  • 2013-2014: Design of an Intelligent Tooling System with an Application to Airframe Manufacturing Quality Control
    Funding: $15,000
    Customer: Lockheed-Martin Aerospace
  • 2013 – 2014: Seeded Fault Test Rig
    Funding: $16,000
    Customer: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • 2012-2013: Fiber Optic Cable Assembly Positioning and Curing System
    Funding: $10,000
    Customer: Corning Cable Systems
  • 2012-2013: Development of an Automated Testing Station
    Funding $45,000
    Customer: Aerospace Optics, Inc.
  • 2011-2012: Investigation of a Cockpit Synthetic Display System
    Funding: $69,000
    Customer: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • 2011-2012: Testing and Evaluation of an Epitrochoidal Crankshaft Prototype Engine – Phase 2.
    Funding $5,000
    Customer: Marozzi, LLC
  • 2010-2012: Testing and Evaluation of an Epitrochoidal Crankshaft Prototype Engine
    Funding: $5,000
    Customer: Marozzi LLC
    Video of Epitrochoidal Crankshaft Prototype Engine
  • 2010-2011: Development of Experiments for Energy Systems Emphasis
    Funding: $13,000
    Customer:  TCU Department of Engineering (Project Sponsor)
  • 2009-2010: Development of an Automated Magnetometer Calibration System
    Funding:  $25,000
    Customer:  Gearhart Companies, Fort Worth, Texas Christian University
  • 2009-2010:  Health Monitoring of Composites in Aircraft Structures
    Funding:  $10,000
    Customer:  Sandia National Laboratories, NM
  • 2008-2009: Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing of Electric Distribution Components
    ◦    High-Voltage Current Breaker Monitor
    ◦    Non-Distributive Assessment of In Place Utility Wood Poles
    Funding:  $27,800
    Customer:  Oncor Electric Delivery
  • 2007-2008: Automated Ballasting System for a Submersible Cylinder
    Funding:  $30,000
    Customer:  U.S. Navy
  • 2006-2007: Multivariate Volumetric Mixing System
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  Stone Innovations
  • 2005—2006: Ballistic Shock Simulator and Multi-Channel Data Recorder
    Funding:  $29,000
    Customer:  Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • 2004—2005: Low Frequency Accelerometer Calibrator
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  PCB Piezotronics
  • 2003–2004: Mechanical Signature Diagnostic Testing and Analysis of Low Voltage Oil Circuit Breakers
    Funding:  $20,000
    Customer:  Oncor
  • 2002-2003: Measurement Systems Development to Support Manufacture of Joint Strike Fighter
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  Lockheed Martin
  • 2001-2002: Measurement Enhancement of Blast Data
    Funding:  $15,000
    Customer:  U.S. Army Engineer and Development Center Waterways Experiment Station (WES)
  • 2000-2001: In-Line Vacuum Detection System
    Funding:  $27,000
    Customer:  Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
  • 1999-2000: Laser Assisted Tool Calibration Universal Fixture
    Funding:  $28,816
    Customer:  Bell Helicopter Textron
  • 1998-1999: Fracture Toughness Tester
    Funding:  $18,000
    Customer:  RockBit International, Inc.
  • 1997-1998: Linear Displacement Measurement Standard
    Funding:  $10,000
    Customer:  Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • 1996-1997: Cold Gas Shock Tube
    Funding:  $14,200
    Customer:  Endevco
  • 1995-1996: Pressure and Acceleration Measuring Systems
    Funding:  $1,300
    Customer:  Privatized Launch Systems (Fictitious Company)