The Senior Design program has been part of the School of Engineering curriculum since 1999 and is
a requirement for graduation. The senior design experience provides an opportunity for VCU School
of Engineering students to complete a hands-on design project in their chosen field of engineering.
The program also teaches leadership skills in a collaborative environment and provides students the
opportunity to develop projects that may lead to product innovation for the benefit of society.
In 2002, the School of Engineering held its first Senior Design Expo. This free, annual public event
allows the senior design teams to share and demonstrate their prototypes with the greater
Richmond community. The Expo is the culmination of eight months of effort for the design teams,
and is an important day for the students, the faculty advisors, and for the industrial and
organizational sponsors who have supported the teams.
The Expo also serves the greater purpose of inspiring the next generation of engineers. Recognizing
that an introduction to the field of engineering must begin early in life and that there is an intrinsic
value in having young people interact with young engineers, the School of Engineering invites
middle and high school students to attend the Expo to discuss projects with student team members
and to learn more about studying engineering in a university or college setting.
The Senior Design Expo has become a signature event for the School of Engineering and Virginia
Commonwealth University. This year, 14 projects were funded by the School of Engineering
Foundation Senior Design Grant. Our appreciation goes to everyone who made this grant possible.
For questions or comments please contact Dr. Afroditi Filippas, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or(804) 827-4097.