Sponsor's Obligation

  • The sponsor must complete the Senior Design Project Summary Sheet describing the project and contact information.
  • The sponsor must provide a person from the sponsor’s entity to serve as a liaison to the team and to review the team’s progress every 14 days or more frequently as needed (weekly for summer terms). In general, it is preferred that the liaison:
  1. have management support
  2. have vested interest in the success of the project
  3. be comfortable working with students in a professional relationship
  • The sponsor must provide a $5000 donation to the Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance Fund per design team. Projects without accompanying donations may be considered as lower priority.
  • The sponsor must provide the supplies necessary to fabricate the final device, or provide the required funds to do so. These supplies must be provided directly to the student-team manager. It will be important to communicate financial constraints to the teams early, so they may consider these as criteria in making decisions.
  • The sponsor, at their discretion, will provide all travel expenses for either the team to travel to the sponsor’s site or for the sponsor to travel to Texas A&M for design reviews as needed.
  • Note that the development cycle for each project is three semesters, with the following timeline:
  1. Project definition: Semester before the design is scheduled to start (typically summer, for Fall initiation)
  2. Project execution: Two semesters following project definition (typically Fall/Spring)
  • It is allowable and encouraged, depending on the agreement between the sponsor and team, for the students to perform some of the work at the sponsor’s facility.
  • As part of the accreditation process for the Biomedical Engineering Department within the College of Engineering at Texas A&M, liaisons must complete an evaluation of their project team and return it to the faculty course supervisor. These data will be requested at the end of each semester that the design team is active (December, May, and/or August).
  • Projects should not be classified or highly proprietary. If required, students can sign non-disclosure agreements and, as mentioned above, the company can request assignment of all intellectual property prior to beginning work.
  • Students cannot be paid for any services or labor by the sponsor or any member of the sponsoring entity during the senior design project.