Senior Design

Senior Design

Senior Design in the Washkewicz College of Engineering is our students’ capstone design experience. Student teams utilize their combined learning, experience and ingenuity to solve challenging real-world design projects. Faculty mentorship and college-level support are two of the keys to the success of this program, along with the enhanced lab facilities in the new engineering building. Many student teams utilize the new Maker Space to work collaboratively and build their prototypes.

Many of the student projects are sponsored by industry (2020 Industry Partners). During the 2019-20 senior design cycle, the college had a record number of industry-sponsored projects. For the first time, 100% of our mechanical engineering students were assigned to industry-sponsored projects, and all 5 departments within the college participated in this mission. For more information on how to get involved as a project sponsor, please email Dr. Michael Adams,

In 2020, the student teams received their greatest design challenge – the shutdown of our society and the university. Our senior design students rose to this challenge, producing some of the best results in the history of our senior design program under very harsh conditions. Our senior design cycle usually ends with a large event, The Senior Design Symposium. In 2020, the Symposium’s poster competition was conducted online, with live interaction between industry judges and the student teams. The top 3 winners of the 2020 and 2019 competitions are shown below.


2020 Senior Design Winners

NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Poster 1st Place: NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
Team Members: Jacob Landry, Ellen Rea, Angela Rodriguez, Sarah Smith, Naik Yusufi
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bogdon Kozul
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Industry Sponsor: National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)
To see the vehicle in action, please see the video below!


Sustainable Production of Ammonia Cleveland State Unviersity Senior Design ProjectSecond Place: Sustainable Production of Ammonia
Team Members: Ana DiLillo, Brian Chaya, Jamil Jamal
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marvin Thrash
Department: Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
To learn more about this project, please view the team’s informational video below:


NASA 3D Asteroid Viewer 2020 Senior Design Third Place WinnerThird Place: 3D Asteroid Viewer
Team Members: Cassidy Reaser, Roman Kadoutchek, Gagan Dahal, Nate Ullman
​​​​​​​Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenbing Zhao
Department: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Industry Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
To learn more about this project, please view the team's informational video below:


Honorable Mention: O-Ring Insertion
Team Members: Vyatseslav Lozitsky, Justin Lepowski, Nolan Park
Faculty Advisor: Michael Gallagher
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Industry Sponsor: Swagelok


2019 Senior Design Symposium

The 2019 Senior Design Symposium and Awards Dinner of the Washkewicz College of Engineering took place on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Student Center. Senior students had the chance to display their projects in a poster session, which was followed by the awards dinner with a keynote speech by Patricia Babington, Vice President of Engineering Services, Operations and Engineering Services at Rockwell Automation.

The awards ceremony included the recognition of this year’s University Valedictorian, Jen Wisniewski, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Salutatorian, Kayli Senedak, from the Department of Civil Engineering.

Symposium Photos

To view and order photos rom the event click here.  Use the following 4-digit PIN to download photos: Download PIN 4014.

Following are the winners of the poster competition:

1st Place National Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge.jpg1st Place National Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
Team Members: Jason Downie, Markus Kotze, Sean Mulvin, Patrick McDonough, Matt Sokolich, Jen Wisniewski
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Majid Rashidi and Bogdan Kozul
Sponsor and Supervisor: Stephanie Scaccianoce, National Fluid Power Association
Department: Mechanical Engineering

2nd Place Semi-Automated Nursing Simulation with Mixed Reality Technology.jpg2nd Place Semi-Automated Nursing Simulation with Mixed Reality Technology
Team Members: Parth Kanzaria, Lead, Eric Bobel, Keisi Kotobelli, Isaiah Traben
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenbing Zhao
Sponsor: Cleveland State University
Department: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

3rd Place Monoclonal Antibodies.jpg3rd Place Monoclonal Antibodies
Team Members: Mohammed Kalil, Farid Khoury, Nandini Padaraju, Fjorela Xhyliu
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marvin Thrash
Sponsor: Cleveland State University, AIChE
Department: Chemcial and Biomedical Engineering


The Senior Design Capstone Course (Senior Design) is the culmination of students’ engineering education at Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering. The two-semester (Fall, Spring) long course gives students’ the opportunity to incorporate engineering principles learned throughout their academic careers into one final project.

Photo of senior design student groupStudents, with the guidance of a faculty advisor and company liaison, work in teams of 3-4 to develop solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems. The majority of the projects are real-world problems provided by corporate sponsors. Student teams are required to develop a comprehensive project plan with a problem description, design alternatives, budget, equipment requirements, time schedule, final design, and in most cases, a prototype. Each student is expected to spend up to 200 hours working on the project (up to 1,000 person-hours per team), corresponding to a five credit hour course.

The course concludes with each team making a final presentation to a panel of faculty and industry representatives, and the top three Senior Design teams are awarded cash prizes at our Senior Design Symposium and Awards Dinner.