For ten years the University of Detroit Mercy has involved engineering professionals in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Senior Capstone Course. During this course teams of students work with engineering professionals on a term long project provided by the professionals. This paper discusses how to select appropriate projects for the scope, content and professional learning experience wanted from the course. The paper additionally discusses an effective procedure for recruiting industrial sponsors, the benefits on student learning of professional involvement, how the course is assessed, and the great benefits this process provides in the program assessment and accreditation process.
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