Senior projects are the culmination of 4 years of hard work as a Lehigh EE. Basically, every senior in the ECE or CompE department has to research, plan, and develop one product with a partner that they feel is technologically significant yet not currently being produced. One such example is EcoTech Marine www.ecotechmarine.com who started out as a Lehigh EE senior project and has grown to become one of the top 10 fastest growing private companies in the US. Designing a project spans both semesters of your senior year and is probably the most stressful and time intensive class you take (with a working prototype required for graduation). However, you actually enjoy going in to lab (most days) to work on your project because since you picked it, it’s something that’s meaningful and interesting to you, so learning more about it is pretty fun. You also learn an incredible amount by designing something from the ground up. You get tons of problem solving and troubleshooting practice, and get to learn what it’s really like to design a product with all the unforeseen problems that happen in the real world. The beginning of the first semester is mainly planning, such as picking a partner, picking a project, researching a product (including a patent search), user surveys, grant proposals, project timelines, and basically thinking about everything you’ll have to do for the rest of the year to make everything go as smoothly as possible. This is where we’re at now, so check back often to learn more about one of the most stressful and rewarding parts of your 4 years at Lehigh.