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Category Archives: Senior Design Requirements

Options for meeting senior design requirements with the BSEE or BSCpE degree.

Registration- Senior Design or ENT4950

To schedule ECE Design Project 1 in Fall, EE4901, register for section 0A and section L01.  Your section will be adjusted to match your team in 2nd week of classes, after teams are formed. Design Project 2 is required in Spring (EE4910).

To schedule ENT4950: 

Start by completing Part A, online form found here  under the Enterprise “Team Resources” (requires ISO login). Expand “Forms” and choose ‘ENT4950 Registration Forms (Electrical and Computer Engineering)’

  1. Part A is used to verify your are “Senior Design Ready”, have met the prerequisites. Part A must be satisfactorily completed prior to completion of Part B. Emails will be sent to you from enterprisereg@mtu.edu regarding your registration status.
  2. Part B is used to document your project and obtain approval from your Enterprise Advisor.
  3. Once complete and approved, Judy or Trever will register you in ENT4950.

To schedule MEEM4901, (or MEEM4911) contact Ryan (ratowles@mtu.edu)  or Tricia (pmstein@mtu.edu) in MEEM204/205.  Senior Design in MEEM4901 can begin in Fall or Spring. (EE majors copy Judy and CpE majors copy Trever on that email)

Prerequisites must be complete to register: EE3901, EE3131, and co-req or pre-req :  EE3171 or EE3173 (if not photonics concentration)


approved Enterprise Modules/ 3 semester option

List of Enterprise Modules (classes) which are approved for the 3-semester enterprise for design option, in place of ENT3950.  Be sure to check the schedule of classes for offerings and plan in advance.  Begin the 3-semester enterprise sequence in ENT3960, Project Work IV.

Fall approved modules:

  • ENT3959   Six Sigma I
  • ENT2961   Teaming in Enterprise
  • ENT3982   Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles

Spring approved modules:

  • ENT3963   Technology and Commercialization
  • ENT3966   Design for Manufacturing
  • ENT3967   Six Sigma II
  • ENT4951   Business Plans and Budgeting
  • ENT3971   Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • ENT2962   Communication Contexts

The 3 – semester enterprise project work option is ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960 plus one Approved Enterprise Module from above list.  ENT3950 does not apply.


EE3901 substitutions

Courses which may substitute for EE3901 – Design Fundamentals, 2 credits.
1. ENT 3964(1) Project Management AND ENT3958(1) Engineering Ethics.
Usually offered:
ENT3964 – online in summers; spring (JR or SR standing)
and ENT3958 – fall
Prereqs: ENG1101 or (ENT1001 and ENG1100) (JR or SR standing)

Must take both courses. Take ENT3964 BEFORE EE4901 or ENT4950. May take ENT3958 with or before EE4901 or ENT4950.

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2. ENG4300 (3) or SSE 4300 (3) – Project Planning and Management for Engineering
Usually offered:
Summer online; fall
Prereqs: MA2710 or MA2720 or MA3710 or BUS2100 or BA2100
Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.
NOTE: Course number changed from SSE4300 to ENG4300 – fall 2016.

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3. OSM3200(3) – Project Management
Usually offered:
Summer online; fall; spring
Prereqs: MA2710 or MA2720 or MA3710 or EET2010 or BUS2100 or BA2100
Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.

You will need a pre-requisite waiver entered to register for ENT4950 or EE4901. See your advisor for this.

Your academic advisor will need to adjust your online degree audit for this substitution.
Email them when you are enrolled or complete the course(s).


Engineering Design Pre-requisites

CpE’s:  EE3901 and EE3131; EE3173 is taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE’s:  EE3901 and EE3131;  EE3171 is taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

Engineering Design requirements may be completed with a one-year “senior design” project in EE4901-4910, MEEM4901-4911 or in Enterprise project work using ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960.

EE3901 – Design Fundamentals, is required for all ECE students following Fall 2010 and later degree requirements. (was EE4900)

Plan two semesters remaining after completion of prerequisite courses to complete engineering design, senior level .

Enterprise students who have completed ENT3950 and ENT3960, but are not ready to take ENT4950 may enroll in ENT3980 if you want to stay in your enterprise while you’re completing your design prerequisites. ENT3980 does not apply to your Engineering Design Requirements.


EE3901 (EE4900) Design Fundamentals

Take EE3901, Design Fundamentals, in spring of junior year. Do not postpone this course unless you get off track by 2 or more semesters.

Students using prior degree requirements were advised as follows:
Adjust your flowcharts and academic plans to move EE4900/3901
to spring of 3rd year.

If you began:
Fall 2008 or earlier:  take EE4900 in fall 2012
Fall 2009:  take EE4900 in fall 2012
Fall 2010:  take EE4900 in spring 2013
Fall 2011:  take EE4900 in spring 2014

Students who are following the 2009 or earlier requirements, and are using enterprise project credits for engineering design, do not take EE4900.  All students who began fall 2010 and later are required to take EE3901/EE4900.

Take this into consideration when planning a co-op or study abroad semester.  EE3901 is a spring-only course (as of Spring 2013).


Engineering Design Options

BS-EE and BS-CpE Engineering Design requirements may be fulfilled by one of the following options:

1) Senior Design – the Year-long engineering design project team.

EE4901 + EE4910  or   MEEM4901 + MEEM4911.

2) Enterprise:  Join an enterprise and do research and development work for four semesters, beginning with junior year or at that point when you have 4 semesters left on campus:  ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950 and ENT4960.

3) EPS – European Project Semester:  be a part of a team overseas and fulfill your design requirements in one semester, working on a project with students from other countries.  Look for details on the Study abroad website and meet with the Study Abroad program advisor in IPS, Admin Bldg 200. Oslo has nice new campus and labs.  Covers:  EE3901(4900), EE4901, EE4910 and some HASS credits.  Senior Class standing at time of project, and EE3131 or EE3173 must be complete prior to EPS.

4) Other – occasionally another team project experience may apply.  If you find another opportunity where you can apply your major design skills on a team project (such as with another engineering department), you may bring your project course syllabus to the Undergraduate Program Committee for review and possible approval. (see Judy first)

Engineering Design Prerequisites must be complete, so that you are “Senior Design Ready”.

Engineering Design outcomes: (to be updated…)

  • Ability to design a system, component or process- CpE’s: including an integrated hardware/software system to meet desired needs.  EE: using EE skills and modern EE tools
  • Function on multi-disciplinary team(s) as demonstrated by the execution of a team project that is too large, complex, or diverse for a single person
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems, including the ability to evaluate hardware/software trade-offs (CpE’s).
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • communicate effectively in IEEE-compatible written and oral presentation styles
  • use relevant techniques, skills and modern EE and/or  computer-engineering tools, including methods and tools for modeling and simulation of digital system performance and dependability
  • ability to function in a major design experience incorporating most of economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social and political considerations

MEEM Senior Design team – Spring/Fall

If you plan to register for a spring/fall MEEM senior design team:

Take EE3901 in spring of 3rd year (prior to starting MEEM project).  Take MEEM4901 in the following spring semester, and then MEEM4911 in the next fall .

Notify Robert DeJonge that you plan to register for a MEEM design team starting in spring.  rdejonge@mtu.edu

If you do not take EE3901 in the spring prior to MEEM4901, you should take MEEM3900 in fall prior to MEEM4901.  Otherwise you will not be given permission to enroll in MEEM4901.