Course Description

The senior design course is a two term sequence in electrical and systems engineering design. 
During the first semester of ESE Senior Design (1.0 cu) work will focus on building a lean prototype, plan alternative strategies, include engineering standards as part of design, and determination (experimental or by simulation) of quantities necessary for a detailed design in the following semester. 
By the end of Fall semester (ESE450), an initial prototype of the hardware or the software system will be demonstrated in a demo day in December. This demo will include drawings, circuit diagrams, budget, and time schedule for project completion in spring semester (ESE451).

During the second semester (1.0 cu), work will be directed to improvise and build on the lean version of the prototype. A final presentation and report will be made of the project. Periodic project reviews and brief presentations during the two semesters.
Read more ( Course Outcome)  about the skills, knowledge, and behavior that students are expected to have attained by the end of the sequence.
We strongly recommend that Juniors start looking for projects in the spring semester. Potential Senior Design Projects are listed here and on the same page, you will also find projects listed from last year.



Course Units

ESE Senior Design, ESE450, Fall (1.0 cu) & ESE Senior Design, ESE451, Please check lecture schedule on Google calendar [also available on this page]

Assignments/Lectures (Please see Canvas site)

Please see Canvas site. We strongly encourage that you participate in Piazza page for class discussion. The Piazza page is available as a link from Canvas site ( single Pennkey login)

Instructor Team (2019-20)

Jan van der Spiegel <>
Sid Deliwala <>


Course Highlights from previous years

-Winners of 2017-18 ESE Senior Design Awards, Full List
-Winners of 2016-17 ESE Senior Design Awards, Full List

-Winners of 2015-16 ESE Senior Design Awards, Full List

Teaching Assistants (2019-20)

Please refer to the handbook

Are you looking for previous year's senior design projects or abstracts ? The web site has been moved here.

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