SEED (Senior Experience in Engineering Design) provides UVM seniors in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with 'real-world' projects that require integration of student knowledge of undergraduate engineering topics from several disciplines as well as original creative thinking. Michael Rosen, Research Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Coordinator of SEED Projects, invites you to plan now to attend the 2011 SEED Exhibit Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in the UVM Davis Center 4th floor. This year, there are twenty-five active SEED projects involving ninety-seven students. These activities cover topics as diverse as payloads for "nano satellites," human power systems for underdeveloped countries, technology project kits for middle school students, tactile sketching methods for blind engineers, and adaptations of farm equipment for a Vermont farmer with a disability.

For the fourth year, Seniors in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Programs are enrolled together in the required year-long capstone design course known as SEED. Working in teams, students take on projects in partnership with faculty research groups, outside companies, non-profit organizations, individuals and startups. While the original statement of each need-driven project originates with the faculty or off-campus partner, it falls to the students to frame their problem, develop concepts, converge on a detailed design, and create a working prototype in the space of nine months -- mentored by faculty and outside partners through the whole process.

Including the current year, SEED students have undertaken seventy-six projects with sixteen companies, four public agencies, six non-profits, seven startups, three individual consumers and ten faculty research projects. A number of companies have partnered in SEED projects more than one year - MITRE and Ideas Well Done three, IBM and Green Mt. Coffee Roasters all four. IBM alone has accounted for 9 projects. The outcomes of some SEED projects have directly advanced the product-development efforts of their partners and, in some cases, have been put in use as part of companies' manufacturing methods. Readers wishing to witness the outcomes of this year’s projects are encouraged to attend Design Night 2011 on the evening of May 4th in the UVM Davis Center.

Course coordinator and principle instructor Mike Rosen, Research Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, encourages would-be partners in next year's SEED to contact him at mrosen@uvm.edu or 802 233 8767. Identification of the 2011-2012 projects is now underway.