Sponsor a Design Project

Does your company have pressing projects?

Could these projects provide real-world design experience for undergraduate engineers?

Do you want to build a connection with the University of Arizona?

The Engineering Design Program is a university-industry partnership that allows companies to tackle pressing projects through motivated engineering students and provides students with impactful real-world experience. Get a fresh perspective from a team of senior engineering students from the University of Arizona’s Interdisciplinary Design class.

Now, more than ever, industry-university partnerships benefit everyone involved! The College of Engineering is engaging more with industry to offer programs that work in line with their objectives. In the end, the product of those relationships has become very valuable to the community.

The 2018-2019 interdisciplinary Engineering Design Program features:

Students from multiple engineering disciplines

Projects result in working prototype hardware, software and patents


Student teams mentored by industry professionals

Extramural-sponsored projects

Excellent opportunity for early access to top talent

Years in operation

In externally sponsored design awards in 2017-2018

The Process

Industry Sponsors Submit Projects

Projects Scoped and Accepted

Mentor-Project Assignments

Student Team Selection for Projects

2-Semester Engineering Design Process

Project Posters and Designs Exhibited at Design Day

Design Day Judging and Award Nomination

Design Day Award Ceremony

Teams take a project through the full process, from identifying client needs to manufacturing and testing, over the course of two semesters.

Students produce conceptual designs during the fall semester (during ENGR 498A) and build and demonstrate their finalized designs by the end of the spring semester (during ENGR 498B). Each team working is supervised, guided and graded by a faculty consultant, a professional mentor working for ENGR 498 and, ideally, a sponsor-mentor as well. All projects are evaluated by independent judges, and students compete for a number of corporate-sponsored prizes and awards on Design Day at the end of the spring semester.

Get a fresh perspective and harness the creativity and energy of well-trained students to solve real problems that can be a challenge in a corporate setting! Become a sponsor today.

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Participating University of Arizona programs and departments include:

  • Agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Optical sciences and engineering
  • Systems engineering