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Senior Design

Engineering Senior Design Competition

Semi-annual event showcases students' best work

Next scheduled event:
Friday, December 14, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
St. Cajetan's | Auraria Campus

What is it?

In their final year of engineering curriculum, students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science take a Senior Design class that provides an important design experience that is the culmination of the knowledge and skills they have learned. It is the first time in the curriculum that engineering students formally learn about such things as solving a problem for someone else, design tradeoffs, cost and budgeting, documentation of process and product, scheduling tasks with lead time, and experiencing all sorts of human factors involved in teamwork. Each semester the college holds a competition where industry judges select top projects and teams for recognition. Everyone is invited to attend and to see the amazing work of our students.

NOTE: Computer science students are participating in a separate senior design event at the CU Denver Lawrence Street Center, suite 800. Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Contact the department at or 303-315-1408 for more information.

Fall 2018 Abstracts


Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Spring 2018 Winners

Overall: Project Censored
Bioengineering: FetoPort
Civil Engineering: Sanderson Gulch Channel Restoration
Computer Science: Emergency Safety Proximity
Electrical Engineering: Tiny House Renewable
Mechanical Engineering: Odyssey | NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Multidisciplinary: Project un[Contained]


 Previous Competition Results


 Spring 2012


Overall Best Project: The Upcyclatron, mechanical engineering

Best Departmental Projects:


 Fall 2012

​Overall best project: TheraGO​

Best Departmental Projects:



Read the fall 2012 competition recap from CU Denver University communications.


 Spring 2013


Best Departmental Projects:


 Fall 2013

Overall best project: Remote Emergency Biometric System

Best departmental projects:


 Spring 2014


 Fall 2014

Overall winner (tie): Micro Hydro Generator (Electrical Engineering) and The Locksmith Team​​ (Computer Science and Engineering)​

Department winners:

Computer Science and Engineering: ECM Atlas
Electrical Engineering: Fundamental Servo Controller
Mechanical Engineering: CU Denver Motorsports Formula SAE

 Spring 2015

 ​Fall 2015

 Spring 2016

 Fall 2016

Overall: Sun Trackers

Civil Engineering: Lakewood Gulch Channel Restoration

Computer Science: Groute

Electrical Engineering: Radiation Reduction for Fluoroscopy Procedures

Mechanical Engineering: Energy Lynx

Multidisciplinary: Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE


 Spring 2017

 Fall 2017