Computer Science & Engineering Senior Design

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2018-2019 Senior Design Year in Review

CSE Senior Design 2018-19 Year In Review

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering Senior Design Program held its end-of-year project showcase event on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

The Senior Design students worked tirelessly to deliver innovative and creative solutions to both academic research and industry problems. These students and their projects were celebrated during the Senior Design Showcase.

View the Senior Design Year in Review Report.

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Senior Design

All students in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering participate in a two semester capstone sequence that is referred to at the "Senior Design" program. Students enrolled in Senior Design spend the year working in teams of five or six on a computer software or hardware project sponsored by members of local industry or university faculty and staff.

The course provides students with the hands-on educational and professional experience that comes with contributing to a real-world project. Previous projects have served a variety of fields and industries and have been developed with many different technologies.

The project types offered by Senior Design include:

  • Mobile Apps
  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Web-based Systems
  • Gaming Technologies
  • Machine Learning Systems
  • Virtual / Augmented Reality

Important Dates

Event Date
Project Proposals Due June 28, 2019
Project Descriptions Due August 2, 2019
Sponsor and Coach Orientation August 2019
Fall Semester begins August 26, 2019
Project Rollouts September 2019

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It was exciting to see how the students grew throughout the project and continued to build on their experience, overcoming the various challenges that they were faced with. Former Sponsor 2018-2019 Sponsor Satisfaction Survey

Interested in being a Coach?

Are you interested in becoming a coach for a Senior Design team? We are seeking individuals who have expertise in both business and technology and who are able to provide guidance to the students throughout their capstone project. Coaches are provided to each team of students to act as a resource during the project releases. Coaches help accelerate the team's progress by helping to expand the students' view of the project. Focus is placed on building a trusted coaching relationship and bonding with the team.

On average, Coaches spend between 1-3 hours per week with their team providing support and guidance on the toughest issues. Coaches tend to spend more time with their teams during the beginning of the project. Other responsibilities include attending release and other critical meetings and helping guide the team toward a successful project.

Being a coach for a Senior Design project provides a wonderful opportunity for both students and coaches. Students benefit immensely from having an impartial third party that they are able to ask their most challenging questions, without fear of those questions impacting their grade. Coaches are able to spend time with current university students and form new relationships with students, faculty, and other coaches.

The Enkadia Synexsis team and their coach, Santi Murtagh, work together at the Showcase.
The Enkadia Synexsis team and their coach, Santi Murtagh, work together at the Showcase.

Interested in sponsoring a project?

The Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Project Team presenters with their sponsors.
The 2018-2019 Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital team members present their Platinum Team award to their sponsors.

The Senior Design program has experience working in numerous domains. These include:

  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture (AgIT)
  • State Goverment
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Telecommunications and Utilities
  • Education

If you have any questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below, or contact us by email.

Fill out this form if you are an organization interested in sponsoring a Senior Design project.

  • The Platinum Award winning team Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital at the 2018-2019 Senior Design Showcase.
    The Platinum Award winning team Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital at the 2018-2019 Senior Design Showcase.
  • The CompanyCam project team at the Showcase.
    The CompanyCam project team at the Showcase.
  • VR for Structures team member demos his team's virtual reality app at the Showcase
    VR for Structures team member demos his team's virtual reality app at the Showcase.
  • The Gold Award winning team WetCoDe presents at the Showcase.
    The Gold Award winning team WetCoDe presents at the Showcase.
  • The Grain Harvest Logistics team demos their progressive web app at the Showcase.
    The Grain Harvest Logistics team demos their progressive web app at the Showcase.
  • The Math Day team demos their project at the Showcase.
    The Math Day team demos their project at the Showcase.
  • The NET Virtual Capitol Tour team demos their virtual reality app at the Showcase.
    The NET Virtual Capitol Tour team demos their virtual reality app at the Showcase.
  • The SensiPlate team discusses their project at the Showcase.
    The SensiPlate team discusses their project at the Showcase.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does a Senior Design project cost to sponsor?

A Senior Design project costs $15,000 USD to sponsor. Each project team consists of 5 - 6 students who will complete 1200 - 1500 development hours.

This pricing may be different for UNL Faculty & Staff. Please contact us at cse-seniordesign@unl.edu if you have any questions.

What is the return on investment for sponsoring a project?

Sponsoring a Senior Design project is a good way to invest in a student-led project while staying within your organization's budget. All Senior Design projects are priced at $15,000, which is a fraction of what professional firms typically charge. This offers the sponsor an opportunity to develop a prototype or test a design without dedicating large sums of money to the project.

Additionally, sponsors have the opportunity to provide a real-life learning capstone project for students at UNL. We promise you'll be impressed with what they can do!

Are there recruitment opportunities that come along with sponsoring a project?

Yes! We encourage you to recruit from your team members. We also have various sponsor and program events throughout the year that provide a good opportunity for networking.

What are some of the possible majors the students will be studying?

The Senior Design program includes students from three majors and two minors. Those disciplines are:

  • Major in Computer Science
  • Major in Computer Engineering
  • Major in Software Engineering
  • Minor in Software Development
  • Minor in Informatics

How long do the projects last and what is the time commitment of the sponsor?

The project lasts two semesters, from the end of August until the beginning of May. The time commitment for the sponsor is between 2 - 5 hours per week in order to attend weekly sponsor meetings and 5 major release meetings over the course of the year.

Can a project be remotely sponsored?

Yes, you do not have to be located in Lincoln, Nebraska to sponsor a project. Senior Design students are taught how to effectively use various communication tools (email, video, etc.) in order to communicate well with sponsors. We have had successful projects in previous years with sponsors from both outside of Lincoln and outside of Nebraska

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us by email at cse-seniordesign@unl.edu

What are some of the course objectives for the students?

  • Applications of engineering principles
  • Iterative software development methodologies
  • Development operations
  • Software quality assurance
  • Software development best practice behaviors

What technologies does Senior Design use for each project?

Each project team will utilize common tools such as slack and git. Teams are often capable of learning whatever technology the sponsor in interested in using, given that the learning curve is built into the scope of the project. For specific projects, teams have worked with technologies such as:

  • Microsoft .NET
  • Java
  • Ruby
  • R
  • iOS and Android
  • Javascript, PHP, and Python

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us by email at cse-seniordesign@unl.edu

What is the program's enrollment?

In previous years, Senior Design has operated in combination with the Raikes Design Studio program. However, increasing enrollment has made it necessary to run an independent Senior Design program. The expected enrollment for the academic year 2018/2019 is 125 students. By the academic year 2020/2021, enrollment is projected at 250 students.

For the academic year 2018/2019, there will be 21 Senior Design teams working on projects.

Is there a digital flyer available to share with others?

Yes, you can view our Senior Design flyer here.

Senior Design (SD) Faculty & Staff Directory

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Chris Bohn

Assistant Professor of Practice
(SD Tribe Lead)
402-472-1803
Avery 368
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Bill Browning

SD Project Manager
402-472-5118
Avery 28G
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Kyle Conway

SD Development Manager
402-472-5784
Avery 28E
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Brady Garvin

Assistant Professor of Practice
(SD Tribe Lead)
402-472-5088
Avery 356
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Deb Heckens

Office Manager
(SD Business Manager)
402-472-3200
Avery 263
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Melanie
Kugler-Wright

SD Project Manager
402-472-5092
Avery 28G
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LaRita Lang

Events Coordinator
(SD Events Manager)
402-472-3826
Schorr 204
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Stephen Reichenbach

Professor
(SD Tribe Lead)
402-472-5007
Avery 260
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Jeremy Suing

Lecturer
(SD Tribe Lead)
402-472-1658
Avery 28G
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Christy Thomas

SD Director
402-472-5784
Avery 28C
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Mehmet Vuran

Professor
(SD Tribe Lead)
402-472-5019
Schorr 214
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Matthew Wagenheim

Administrative Technician
(SD Contract Manager)
402-472-5001
Avery 266