An engineering intramural is a problem-based engineering activity that provides a real world learning experience for students. We invite industry partners, community organizations and faculty/staff/students to submit problems for consideration.
Problems can represent broad domains and result in outcomes like requirements specification and competitive benchmarking, brainstorming and conceptual models, proposal of design concepts and supporting analysis, and/or design-and-build of a prototype.
Potential benefits to companies include:
- Ownership of any IP generated during the project.
- Advancement of engineering projects or related product development research.
- Interaction with student talent that could fill intern or entry-level engineering roles; intramurals represent an alternative to recruitment fairs and standard job posting.
Since intramurals are voluntary appointments, the following requirements and constraints should be observed:
- Scope should be such that a team of three students spends no more than 40-50 hours (each) on the project over a 10-week period.
- When appropriate, multiple student teams will work on the problem in order to explore alternative solutions and create a competitive environment.
- Interaction with industry can be minimal but it is expected that industry partners be available for a kick-off meeting, a mid-project update, and a final presentation.
- In cases where a prototype is to be developed, the necessary raw materials should be provided by the sponsor.