The students and faculty of the Department of Engineering work closely with business and industry in Eastern North Carolina and throughout the state. We encourage these industry partnerships through a multi faceted program (Team ECU Engineering) with the goal of developing work place, leadership, and entrepreneurship skills in our graduates. These efforts are an essential element of the engineering outreach mission, results in better understanding by our faculty of industry needs, and better preparation of our graduates to succeed and perform in the work place. There are many ways to develop this close working relationship with a public or private sector organization and here are some of the more frequently used:
Senior Capstone Projects:
ECU engineering seniors must complete an open-ended capstone design project that tests and develops student skills in the hands-on practice of engineering design and problem solving. The projects are the culminating experience of the BS in Engineering program at ECU. We seek industry sponsored projects that require a structured design approach starting with developing a problem statement and scope, identifying constraints, conducting a literature search, identifying and analyzing alternatives, completion of a conceptual design, testing and evaluation, and completion of a final design and report.