Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today—particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.
The Humanitarian Engineering and Science (HES) program educates technical professionals to promote sustainable community development by drawing on a unique mixture of faculty expertise in engineering, applied sciences, and social sciences. HES students engage in direct research and outreach within and alongside the communities they seek to serve. Project experiences prepare graduates for careers in development, corporate responsibility, or further study.
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Senior Design I is the first course of your two-semester, culminating capstone design experience. In this course, you will be addressing realistic, open-ended design challenges for clients in interdisciplinary (when appropriate) teams. The design projects are chosen by the course faculty to develop creativity, encourage use of appropriate design methods, and application of prior course work. You are expected to apply your undergraduate course work and technical skills to successfully address the given challenge. Successful teams will devise a solution in partnership with their client/instructors and within constraints such as sustainability, manufacturability/constructability, and cost limitations. In addition to completing a project, you will be introduced to what it means to be an ethical, professional engineer in modern industry. By the end of the first semester, teams should have an alpha prototype or pre-prototype to demonstrate at least one function on their solution. Model, site plan-based, and simulation-based projects must demonstrate clear goal attainment at the time of Intermediate Design Review in the second semester.