2017-2018 Design 1&2 Projects

Design 1&2 Overview

Project-based learning is the cornerstone of the undergraduate education experience at Florida Poly and a key source for projects in industry. Design 1&2 is a project-based course that allows students to solve problems presented by industry under customer, budget and time constraints.

If you have a challenge that, if addressed, could significantly benefit your company we would love to hear from you!

Ideal projects include industry problems that are strategic in nature but may be put on the back burner for lack of time or appropriate staffing to address them. While these are not the mission-critical problems that companies must focus on in order to survive, tackling these problems could significantly and positively affect the bottom line, provide a foundation for explosive growth or enable successful entry into a profitable new business area.

Project Criteria

Over the course of a full academic year (30 weeks total), student teams (ranging from 3-5 students) are assigned to work on projects proposed by our industry sponsors. They will apply a design framework involving preliminary design decision matrix, project schedule, testing and validation, and an implementation plan. Over the duration of the two-semester course sequence, each student team is expected to contribute approximately 1200 hours of work on the project.

Design 1&2 students are from the following program areas:

  • Mechanical l Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Science and Technology Management (Logistics, Supply Chain, Optimization)
  • Computer Science

Technical Liaison

Project sponsors must designate a technical liaison from the company to serve as the “customer” and as a technical advisor for the project team. It is expected that the technical liaison will be available via telephone or web meeting (or other media) approximately one hour a week to answer project questions and monitor the progress status. In turn, each project team will provide written progress reports as well as set up a site visit (where practical) once a semester to present on their progress. Technical liaisons must be available for the following project events: Project Kick Off, Preliminary Design Review and the Detailed Design Review (Prototype Presentation).

Sponsor Benefits

  • Sponsors can expand their capabilities through product development projects in areas typically not pursued due to limited resources and/or more time-critical business priorities
  • Provides the opportunity to interact directly with students, which is helpful in assessing potential entry-level employees
  • Builds sponsor-faculty ties that may provide benefits in research and/or consulting in areas of interest to the sponsor
  • Affords an opportunity to mentor and enhance the education of the next generation of high-tech business leaders in areas of interest to the sponsor

Project Budget

There is no cost to the industry sponsor; however, sponsors are expected to supply student teams with the resources and information necessary to guide the project. Florida Poly provides some resources for each team to cover the cost of materials, in addition to allowing students use of university equipment. However, if the sponsor anticipates or desires higher material or other additional costs (e.g., specific materials, testing equipment not available at the university), the sponsor will be responsible for providing such.

Faculty Advisors

While working on the assigned project, each student team will be under the direction and supervision of a faculty instructor. The faculty advisor will serve the students in this context as a mentor only and may not work on the project or contribute directly in any way.


Sponsors are strongly encouraged to make reasonable efforts to avoid inclusion of confidential information into a student project, which takes place in an open and collaborative academic learning environment. However, it is understood that there may be situations where a sponsor wants to share information that is to be held in confidence. Sponsors who determine the need to protect their competitive positions may require students to sign a mutually agreeable confidentiality agreement (Non-Disclosure Agreement Form) as a condition for working on their project for a small fee ($500 fee required to support the university’s administrative costs). Any release of confidential information to students should be determined with consideration given to the requirement that students must present their work as a part of their course evaluation. Sponsors may and are strongly encouraged to work with the students to determine what information is acceptable for presentation.

Intellectual Property

While no intellectual property is expected to emerge from this project, a novel idea might result from the project and if so, intellectual property rights generated by an undergraduate student as part of a course project will be owned by the student inventor (See Florida Poly’s IP Policy); however, students have the discretion to sign over their intellectual property rights to a sponsor, if requested (IP Assignment Form) for a fee ($500 fee required to support the university’s administrative costs).


As a public, not-for-profit educational institution, Florida Poly cannot indemnify project sponsors from consequences of their use of project results. Florida Poly can take responsibility for the actions of its personnel and students at its facilities within the scope of the project, but cannot accept responsibility for what the sponsor chooses to do with the results of the project, and the consequences of sponsor’s use or distribution of the results.