ME 481/482 – Design Project I/II

ME 481/482 – Senior Design Project I/II

ME 481/482 Senior Design Projects 2013-2014
ME 481/482 Senior Design Projects 2014-2015
ME 481/482 Senior Design Projects 2015-2016


Department of Mechanical Engineering is offering three sections for ME481/2 for the academic year of 2017/18. We are also using a new format for teaching the three sections. Each of the section professors (Drs. Trimble, Sorensen, and Konh for Sections 1, 2, and 3 respectively) will lecture the combined sections together in various topics that are common to all the design projects. Each professor will lecture on their separate sections on topics that are of interest only to projects in their section. There will be a common syllabus and grading system for the whole class (i.e., all sections).

We worked hard at the department level to select a set of projects that meet our space constraints, resource availability, the new course format, and student interest (based on the google forms you filled out).  We selected twelve projects for this year, as listed below*.

Carefully review the information and choose your top three projects. This is an important choice. The project you work on for the following year will build enormously upon your skills and experiences. You must fill out the new google form (link in the project section below) that must be filled out by 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, so we can process overrides. After this step, there will be very minor changes to the projects and teams.

The prerequisite override policy is as follows: We will process overrides for everyone that is missing only one prerequisite and will graduate in May 2018. You must be concurrently registered for the missing prerequisite and will be required to prove it with a registration report the week after the drop date or you will be dropped from the course. You must also provide a star report that shows your ability and intention to graduate May 2018.

* Some projects have an enrollment cap. If student interest exceeds capacity, enrollment will be determined via an application process.


  • 3:30-4:20 MW – Common lecture session for all sections
  • 1:30-3:20 MW – Section I team meetings
  • 4:30-6:20 MW – Section II team meetings
  • 6:30-8:20 MW – Section III team meetings


Link to the google form based on the revised project list

Section I

Either Manoa Astronomical Technologies (MAT) VIP project or Microplastic Separator like project

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project

Kanaloa VIP project

SAE Formula Design Competition

Section II


CanSat Competition (Max team size: 10)

Magnetic Torque Rod for Small Satellites (v2.0)

Automated Support Platform for Satellite Testbed

Section III

Biomedical Design

ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPV)

Coral Nursery

Renewable Energy - Wave Drone


Course Information

Course Overview

Registration Override Request Procedure

Frequently Asked Registration Questions

2017-2018 Senior Design Discussion Group

Current and Past Projects

Resources for Students


Manufacturing Assets Available to Students

Sources for parts

Communication (oral and written)

Team Dynamics