Corporate – Overview

UTDesign helps companies expand their resources by taking advantage of the skills, energy and enthusiasm of talented engineering and computer science students.

The program connects companies to teams of senior students from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. These students are eager to find solutions to companies’ problems, offering fresh ideas and bold creativity.

Each UTDesign team consists of four to six senior students working on an industry-proposed project. Students work approximately an average of 8 hours a week for 2 semesters (Computer Science offers a one semester project).

The UTDesign team is coached by two advisors: a corporate mentor, who acts as the technical point of contact for the company; and a faculty advisor, who is an expert or has some degree of technical familiarity with the project.

At the end of the project, which serves as the capstone of students’ undergraduate education, all results are turned over to the corporate partner.

The corporate partner provides the problem to be solved; UTDesign provides a team trained in:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Project management, including planning, budgeting, communications, scheduling and presentations.
  • Technical proficiency.
  • Adaptability, reliability and flexibility.

UTDesign delivers constant support to the Jonsson School through the coordination of 80 capstone design projects each year in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Engineering.
  • Computer Science/Software Engineering.
  • Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering/Telecommunication Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.