Integrated Design Experience for Undergrads

Our vision here at the University of Arkansas is to build a foundation for our students to make them successful in the transition from student to employee. Our lab experience is designed to introduce subjects like leadership, entrepreneurship, and project management, as well as product design topics. Rather than being small pockets of work to support specific class material, the labs have been restructured to make each student’s senior design experience more successful.

In addition to the integrated design experience in the labs, the department started the Summer Design Experience with undergraduates who are on campus and want to know more about the design process. We want to expand this program to regular semesters where students can build and enhance their design foundation. Thus far, for the simple project the students undertook, approximately $75 dollars in parts and supplies were donate or recycled from other projects. As the design experience expands to other students, this will become more costly in terms of parts, projects, and manpower.

To implement this plan, financial resources are needed for expenses such as graduate student support and training, mentorship programs, undergraduate student support, travel guest speakers, student travel to industry sites, and the purchase of specialized equipment

No donation is too small to help this idea succeed. If you are interested in helping, please click here.On behalf of the students, faculty, and future employers, we thank you.