Project Selection for students taking ME463 in Fall 2022

Students may choose one of three project types:

  1. Industry-sponsored
  2. Student-initiated
  3. Research-sponsored

All types may be pre-arranged (determined before class registration)

Details on how to pre-arrange a project can be found here --> Fall 2022 ME463 Pre-Arranged Project Information. The recorded Zoom can be found here --> Passcode: ?mz8DjqF

If you don't wish to pre-arrange, or are unable, you will register for the course as you normally would any other course and then work with your ME463 lab instructor at the start of the semester to get assigned to a project and a team.

ALL projects must satisfy the course Project Selection Criteria.

Industry Sponsored Projects

Industry-sponsored projects come form two sources:

  1. Sponsorships arranged with a student's intern/co-op employer
  2. Returning sponsors

Sponsorships arranged by students are historically more rewarding and beneficial to the students because the students have familiarity with the company and potentially have more interest in the project. Information on setting up an Industry Sponsored project can be found in the "Pre-Arranged Projects Information" files linked above.

You may also find the files below helpful when discussing a potential sponsorship with your employer.

Contact Todd Nelson at with questions or to set-up a sponsorship.

Projects from returning sponsors are set-up by the Senior Design administrators and made available for students to join before the start of the semester.

Registration Information: If you'd like to work on an industry-sponsored project, but were not pre-approved prior to registration, we hope to have some projects that need additional team members before the start of the semester. We will post more information here closer to registration.

Student-initiated Projects

Student-initiated projects are projects that stem from ideas presented by ME463 students before the semester begins. To request approval for such a project, it must meet the selection criteria below and the Submission Form must be submitted as instructed.

Contact Dr. Jensen at with questions.

Prearranged Project Schedule for Fall 2022
  • Jan. 24: Information Session
  • Jan. 31: Deadline to nominate industry-sponsored or research-sponsored project
  • Feb. 27: Deadline to submit student project ideas to
  • Mar. 27: Student initiated projects approved/denied.
  • Mid Apr: Registration begins

Research-sponsored Projects

Faculty and students interested in proposing a research project should look over the Fall 2022 ME463 Pre-Arranged Project Information and Project Selection Criteria. For further information, contact Dr. Jensen at