Project Guidelines

Deadline to Register: 5:00 p.m. March 21, 2014


Printed Event Guides will be available in the Wallace Hall Lobby and Engineering Research Laboratory Building Lobby. These guides will have detailed maps of projects, locations, and information about the Awards Banquet.

Online Registration

  • All senior design projects must be sent through the EOH online project registration form by the above deadline to be included in Open House. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
  • Everything in this form should be checked for accuracy. Any spelling errors or inaccuracies should be found before submitting this form.
  • Use proper capitalization (no ALL CAPS), punctuation, and spelling. Please have other students or members of your group proofread your submission before you submit it.
  • Categorization of all project entries is subject to the discretion of the 2013 Open House Planning Committee. Projects in the "Display" category are not eligible for awards.

Table Displays

  • Each group must have at least one member present at their display at all times during the hours of Open House: May 9th (9:00 AM to 6:30 PM). 
  • Each group must put up at least one poster (or a display of some kind) explaining the project. All members for a project must be listed on the display. The text must be large and readable. Professionalism is key.
  • Projects done for credit must list the class and the instructor of the class on the display board.
  • If funds are used in excess of $250 for the project, the source of the funds must be listed on the project display board. Other donations such as lab time, money, materials, etc. must be submitted on the online form.

Oral Presentation & Beck Excellence in Communication Award

  • Oral presentations should be limited to 3-5 minutes in length. They should also attempt to targeted to the audience listening.
  • Projects that cater better to kids are more likely to get a positive response from the public.
  • Mr. Clark Beck, BSAE '54, awards a $500 Excellence in Communication prize for the project with the best combination of written abstract, visual displays and oral presentation. The Award is presented at the Engineering Awards Banquet. The judging criteria include:
    • Abstract - all abstracts are sent one month in advance for review, only finalists are judged in person at EOH
    • Visual Displays - looking for eye-catching, easy to read/understand displays that clearly explain the project
    • Oral Presentation - short, concise, yet descriptive explanation of the project, presented in a conversational tone and tailored to different audineces (from professors to 3rd graders)


  • If you plan to use a lab to display your project, you must get the Lab Director’s permission prior to submitting this form! The Open House Planning Committee will be checking with the Lab Director to make sure permission is granted.
  • All projects will be placed in NIAR, Wallace Hall, the Engineering Research Building, or the Engineering Building. One table and two chairs will be provided by default. All other materials must be supplied by the individual project group.
  • Outlet space is limited throughout the buildings. If you indicate power is necessary on your registration we will do our best to place you near an outlet however, you may be required to share the outlet with several teams. 
  • The College of Engineering will NOT provide extension cords or power strips. Come prepared with your own the day of Open House.

Awards Ceremony

  • Each team must have a representative in attendance in attendance at the Open House Banquet. 
  • If your team does not have a representative present your team forfeits any awards you may have recieved.
  • One free banquet ticket will be provided by the department for each project team. Additional tickets need to be purchased separately in the CoE Dean's Office.
  • The awards ceremony and formal are being held on May 10, 2014 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.
  • This is an event with industry professionals, The attire for the event is business professional.