IE Student Project Sponsorship

Applies engineering tools and concepts to real world situations.

Let us help your organization

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Apply our problem solving to

Build Simulations Address high inventory & WIP levels
Evaluate workplace ergonomics Crystallize work procedures
Resolve bottleneck operations Optimize supply chain logistics
Improve unsafe work areas Improve facility layout
Recommend repair vs. replace options Analyze value/non-value operations
Address product quality Improve any process
Optimize production scheduling  

Great Team Projects Should

  • Be technical: address industrial, manufacturing, quality or systems engineering issues
  • Be open-ended: require evaluation of multiple solutions
  • Be complex & challenging: require innovation
  • Be concise: scope to be completed in 10 weeks
  • Require self-directed learning: challenge students just beyond the scope of present coursework
  • Require a team approach

By the Numbers

  • 3 - 5 students team up to tackle YOUR tough organizational problems when you don’t have time or resources to do so.
  • 10 week (Senior Design) or 22 week (Professional Masters Program) project duration 
  • Average 400 or 1800 student hours spent on project
  • 3 status reports + 1 written final report
  • Multiple onsite visits and analysis
  • 1 end-of-project poster session on campus
  • 1 onsite final presentation given to your management team

Weekly milestones for IE capstone projectsBenefits

Purdue Industrial Engineering student projects involve a two-way relationship that promises significant returns for your participation.

Industry Benefits

  • Provides fresh engineering resources

  • Advances your projects that have been strategically stagnant, devoid of resources, operationally inefficient, or organizationally costly or unsafe.

  • Provides closure on selected projects for a small investment.

  • Increases your organization’s footprint within Purdue IE.

  • Builds stronger relationships with Purdue IE faculty who serve as project mentors.

  • Influences the work ethic of future engineers & project managers.

IE Student Benefits

  • Applies learned tools & works with professionals doing real project management
  • Gains project leadership experience in real-world setting
  • Accounts for results
  • Meets project deadline & milestones
  • Gains richer understanding of project finances
  • Witnesses the impact of project implementation, readjustments & revisions
  • Delivers an optimal solution based on data analysis
  • Uses communication & presentation skills

Sponsorship Details


  • Purdue IE requests a small donation ($1000 - $5000) to help fund the program.
  • Provide a single point of contact – familiar with the project area – for consistent communications throughout the semester.
  • Anticipate 2-4 hours per week of contact time; more time in beginning as scope is refined. This is very important to the success of the project.


Must include: company information, contact information, project title, brief summary AND project scope & requirements

​Submit via the Online form or email Dave Kotterman

Intellectual Property

The majority of projects are considered “industry-sponsored student projects“ and the students will not retain any project intellectual property rights. Non-Disclosure Agreements between the individual students and the company are commonly issued and appropriate. 


Dave Kotterman,

Director, Industry Relations

School of Industrial Engineering



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