An engineering intramural is a problem-based engineering activity that provides a real-world learning experience for students. We invite industry partners and community organizations to submit problems for consideration.
The 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.
Students will be recruited and assigned to project teams early in the Fall semester (Sept). Students will spend several weeks elaborating on the problem proposed in the project. They will spend this time developing a plan, building skills and knowledge related to the problem, identifying resources and experts to consult, etc. Over the winter break, the students will participate in a project management workshop and establish some target deliverable deadlines. In the Spring Semester (Feb), the students will focus on completing the project outcomes, developing prototypes, running tests, etc. Final presentations occur in May and are a great summary of the progress made in the project, and sharing their results out. See an example final presentation here.
Submitted project proposals will be reviewed on a continual basis but plan to submit proposals by August 15 for the upcoming academic year for launch.
Since intramurals are voluntary extracurricular opportunities for students, the following requirements and constraints should be observed:
Moving Away from Fossil Fuels (National Grid)
Explore the impact of transitioning systems to non-fossil fuel sources, and consider the unique challenges that legislative action has on this transition.
Predictive Analytics (LenderLogix)
Determine the likelihood of a client seeking a mortgage after pre-approval, and timelines for those decisions.
Designing Sustainable Latrines for Raranya Tanzania (Partnership with ELN & Friendly Water for the World)
Propose a toiling system while working with available resources and challenges present in the area.
UI/UX for Additional Sport Support Module (Time to Score, Inc)
Redesign current sports statistics module to broaden its use with another sport.
Powerboat Transom Design (Morph Marine, LLC)
Research and design a boat hull that maximizes efficiency on a variety of measures.
Design a Hydraulic Structure - Water Resource Engineering (US Army Corp of Engineers)
Design a hydraulic structure that prevents the upstream migration of the Sea Lamprey using velocities that exceed their swim performance capacity, for all flow conditions.
Engineering Intramurals are a great way to connect with a team of students eager to apply their talent to your engineering challenges. These extra-curricular projects are structured to take an academic year and can be worked on by an interdisciplinary team of 3-5 undergraduate engineering students.
Companies benefit from students putting hours into examining your presented challenge and producing deliverables that help to move the project forward. Getting to know students is helpful for the company’s recruitment efforts and establishing a pipeline of talent towards opportunities that may arise. The mentorship throughout the project also keeps
Interested in submitting a project? Fill out the form here.
Submit your intramural project ideas for review, or contact Melinda Somerville, Experiential Learning Business Development Assistant, to discuss further.