All ISyE undergraduate seniors culminate their undergraduate educational experiences with a capstone course called Senior Design. In Senior Design, you are presented with an opportunity to work with a team of undergraduate students to provide your organization with a variety of innovative and creative solutions to a problem. Student teams work on well-defined, specific design projects to generate, evaluate, and communicate solutions to their client. For more information about the Senior Design program, contact Senior Design Coordinator Dr. Dima Nazzal.

Senior Design Facts at a Glance

Projects per year

Clients per year

Students per year

Faculty per year

Sample Project Topics

  • Activity valuation
  • Capacity management
  • Customer service enhancement
  • Demand/price forecasting
  • Distribution network redesign
  • Energy usage reduction
  • Equipment replacement planning
  • Faculty layout/redesign
  • Flow management
  • Inventory planning
  • Manufacturing line/cell design
  • Materials handling
  • Money/capital management
  • Pricing strategy
  • Preventative maintenance scheduling
  • Process design/redesign
  • Production scheduling
  • Supply chain design
  • Technology integration
  • Vendor selection
  • Waste reduction
  • Workforce scheduling

Project Requirements

  • Engineering Design
    The project must involve a recommendation for change(s) to an existing system or the development of a new system and an economic analysis of the associated costs and benefits.
  • Magnitude
    Each team member is expected to spend a minimum of 12 productive hours per week on the project for a total of 180 hours for the semester, which equates to a minimum of 1080 hours for a six-member team. The project’s scope must be consistent with this expectation.
  • Value
    The value of the project to the client must be commensurate with the amount of time spent.
  • Methodology
    The project must require the use of substantial industrial and systems engineering tools and methods learned in the curriculum.

Client Responsibilities

  • Identify a real need the organization is facing.
  • Ensure that there is significant design content in the proposed project; that is, the scope of the project must be such that a recommendation for a change to a system is made and there is demonstrated value for implementing the change, and that it has a significant impact on the organization.
  • Meet with the student team on the site at the facility to explore possibilities, and determine the scope of the project.
  • Assign a responsible technical or managerial person to give the team appropriate guidance, operations and economic information, and site access if needed. During the semester, this person will need to spend approximately 2-4 hours per week interacting with team members.
  • Make arrangements for an appropriate level of management to receive and consider the team's formal proposal, interim report, tentative results, conclusions, and final design.

Cohorts and Timeline

We have two cohorts per academic year: Summer/Fall and Fall/Spring. Each cohort engages with the clients throughout two academic semesters. The first semester is "pre-senior design", which is the semester prior to "senior design". In pre-senior design, students form/join teams, search for a client and develop their project scope by writing a pre-proposal for faculty approval. No work on the project is expected during that first semester. Teams with pre-proposals that are well-written and meet the outlined criteria above are given the permit to register in the second semester for "senior design", which is the semester where the actual analysis and design is conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor. All work products are evaluated by a faculty examiner.    

Ideal submission window for the summer/fall cohort projects is March through May.

Ideal submission window for the fall/spring cohort projects is July through September.

Summer/Fall Cohort Pre-senior Design Timeline

Summer 2024

  • April 22, Students submit Team composition, many students have already formed their teams and working on finding projects/clients.
  • May 29, Teams submit Client Notification memo, describing their client, the project motivation, potential opportunity, and connection to ISyE courses and methods.
  • June 24, Teams submit a preliminary proposal, 7-10 page document describing the client need, the current operation, the opportunities to address the client’s need, the information and data they need to gather to further develop their opportunities, the potential deliverables, the potential value to the client, and the link between the project and the IE curriculum.
  • July 23, Teams submit their revised preliminary proposals; teams rarely get a well-defined document on the first try. I usually meet with them after the first pre-proposal submission to help them develop their understanding of the current system and potential opportunities.

Summer/Fall Cohort Senior Design Timeline

Fall 2024

  • Aug 19, Semester starts
  • Aug 26 - 30, Proposal presentations to faculty
  • Sept 3 - 6, Proposal presentations to client
  • Oct 14 - 18, Interim progress presentations to faculty
  • Oct 21 - 25, Interim progress presentations to clients
  • Nov 19 - 22, Final presentations to faculty
  • Dec 2 - Dec 10, Final presentations and written report to clients
  • Dec 2, GT Capstone Expo
  • Dec 10, ISyE Best of Senior Design Finalists Lunch and Presentations
  • Dec 13, Semester ends - Deadline for submitting all deliverables and code to client

Fall/Spring Cohort Pre-Senior Design Timeline

Fall 2024

  • Sept 16, Students submit Team composition, many students have already formed their teams and working on finding projects/clients.
  • Sept 30, Teams submit Client Notification memo, describing their client, the project motivation, potential opportunity, and connection to ISyE courses and methods.
  • Oct 21, Teams submit a preliminary proposal, 7-10 page document describing the client need, the current operation, the opportunities to address the client’s need, the information and data they need to gather to further develop their opportunities, the potential deliverables, the potential value to the client, and the link between the project and the IE curriculum.
  • Nov 4, Teams submit their revised preliminary proposals; teams rarely get a well-defined document on the first try. We usually meet with them after the first pre-proposal submission to help them develop their understanding of the current system and potential opportunities.

Fall/Spring Cohort Senior Design Timeline

Spring 2025

  • Jan 6, Semester starts
  • Jan 13 - 17, Proposal presentations to faculty
  • Jan 21 - 24, Proposal presentations to client
  • Mar 2 - 6, Interim progress presentations to faculty
  • Mar 9 - 13, Interim progress presentations to clients
  • Apr 14 - 18, Final presentations to faculty
  • Apr 21 - 30, Final presentations and written report to clients
  • Apr 22, GT Capstone Expo
  • Apr 29, ISyE Best of Senior Design Finalists Lunch and Presentations
  • May 2, Semester ends - Deadline for submitting all deliverables and code to client

Steps For Project Submission

  • Projects can be submitted online.

    • New clients are encouraged to meet with Program Coordinator, Dr. Dima Nazzal, prior to project submission. Necessary fields include: Organization, organization type, profile, and web address; first and last name of submitter, contact information of submitter; and how you learned about senior design projects. Examples can also be found on the website.

  • Project submissions are reviewed by the Program Coordinator prior to being published for student team selection.

  • Following project publication, companies should expect to be contacted by student teams with their resumes.

    • Each team picks its project from the submitted projects that comply with the course objectives; if multiple teams pick your project, you can choose among them.

Submit A Project

Senior Design Project Listing

Project Details Client Semester Assigned
More about   project DHL eCommerce Spring 2025 No
More about   project Fox Factory Spring 2025 No
More about   project Emory Healthcare Fall 2024 No
More about   project Emory Healthcare Fall 2024 No
More about   project Emory Healthcare Fall 2024 No
More about   project Georgia Power Company Fall 2024 No
More about   project Genuine Parts Company - NAPA Auto Parts Fall 2024 No
More about   project Emory Healthcare Fall 2024 No
More about   project Emory Healthcare Fall 2024 No
More about   project Student Government Association Fall 2024 No
More about   project DHL Ecommerce Fall 2024 No
More about   project HD Supply Fall 2024 No
More about   project Genuine Parts Company Fall 2024 No
More about   project Neighborhood Meals on Wheels Fall 2024 No
More about   project Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries Fall 2024 No
More about   project Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries Fall 2024 No
More about   project Arauco North America Fall 2024 No
More about   project SCP Health Fall 2024 No
More about   project Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Fall 2024 No
More about   project Georgia Institute of Technology Fall 2024 No
More about   project Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fall 2024 No
More about   project Science for Georgia Fall 2024 No
More about   project AMNS Calvert Fall 2024 No
More about   project HD Supply Fall 2024 No
More about   project Focus Brands, LLC Fall 2024 No
More about   project CRH Americas (NYSE:CRH) Fall 2024 No
More about   project Down to Earth Energy Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Georgia Power Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Fox Factory Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project The Home Depot Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Honeywell International Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Roadway Management Technologies, LLC Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Emory Healthcare Inc. Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Kahua Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Emory Healthcare Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Delta Air Lines Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Grady Health System Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Georgia Tech Spring 2024 No
More about   project Convoy Spring 2024 No
More about   project Safe-Way Garage Door Spring 2024 Yes
More about   project Power Utility Products Company (PUPCO) Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project IRONSCALES Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project Peak Technologies Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project Eggs Up Grill Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project American Airlines Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project NAPA Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project Nolan Transportation Group Fall 2023 No
More about   project Steelcase Inc. Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project Delta Air Lines - Cargo Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project Shepherd Center Fall 2023 No
More about   project Department of Human Services Fall 2023 No
More about   project Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project UPS Healthcare Fall 2023 Yes
More about   project Floor and Decor Fall 2023 No
More about   project Floor and Decor Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project EATON Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project Steelcase Inc Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project Nolan Transporation Group Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project Department of Human Services Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project HD Supply Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project RAFB 402 CMXG Spring 2023 Yes
More about   project Steelcase Inc. Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project American Airlines Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Scientific Games Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Galerie Living Fall 2022 No
More about   project Saia LTL Freight Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Convoy Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project UPS/Coyote Logistics Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Cox Communications Inc. Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Batchelor & Kimball, Inc. Fall 2022 No
More about   project Atlanta Humane Society Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Focus Brands Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Georgia tech Counseling Center Fall 2022 Yes
More about   project Floor & Decor Spring 2022 Yes
More about   project Stitch Fix Spring 2022 Yes
More about   project Georgia Tech Office of Graduate Studies Spring 2022 Yes
More about   project Papa John's International Spring 2022 Yes
More about   project EnerVision, Inc. Fall 2021 Yes
More about   project The Home Depot Fall 2021 Yes
More about   project The Home Depot Fall 2021 Yes
More about   project The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Fall 2021 Yes
More about   project Georgia Tech Administrative Excellence (AdminX) Fall 2021 No
More about   project Georgia Tech Administrative Excellence (AdminX) Fall 2021 No
More about   project United Digestive Fall 2021 Yes
More about   project Comcast Fall 2021 Yes
More about   project Kahua Fall 2021 Yes

Spring 2024 Winning Team

Client: Georgia Power

Project: Georgia Power “Off the Grid”

Faculty Advisor: Dr. He Wang

Student Team: Vaishnavi Duvvuri | Irene Feijoo | Annette Gisella | Shawna Kalladanthyil | Ami Patel | Sreya Srinivas | Clara Wu | Shanru Xu

Client Sponsor: Bill Harrop

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Finalist Presentations

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ISyE Senior Design Fall 2023 - The Home Depot
ISyE Senior Design Fall 2023 - American Airlines
ISyE Senior Design Fall 2023 - Coca-Cola
ISyE Senior Design Fall 2023 - GT Dining
ISyE Senior Design Fall 2023 - Steelcase
ISyE Senior Design Fall 2023 - RealTalk
ISyE Senior Design Spring 2023 - Data-Driven Supplier Selection for New Product Launches
ISyE Senior Design Spring 2023 - Coca-Cola's Portfolio Evaluation Process
ISyE Senior Design Spring 2023 - BlindSpotted - Create-X Multi-disciplinary capstone
ISyE Senior Design Spring 2023 - Merck it Happen
ISyE Senior Design Fall 2022 - May the Forklift be with you

Sponsors & Partners

Giving Opportunities

For Permanent Endowment

  • Named Senior Design Program from $250,000 *
  • General Program Support from $25,000

For Current Operations

  • Senior Design Team Corporate Sponsorship from $5,000

* Naming rights are limited to non-organizational entities and must be approved by the Georgia Tech Name Committee.

Sponsor Benefits

  • Student recruiting and mentoring opportunities
  • Potential solution to your challenge - designed, built, and tested
  • Company logo displayed at McCamish Pavilion for Expo
  • Company logo displayed on Georgia Tech Capstone Design website