At Olin College of Engineering, a fundamental part of our philosophy is that learning occurs through immersion in real-world applications. Our students engage in a hands-on approach from day one; the solutions they devise in the classroom must work for open-ended problems, not just those from a text book.
This approach results in more than just engineering students on the verge of graduating; it creates innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders who apply the skills they’ve learned over their first three years at Olin to a corporate consulting project, called the Senior Capstone Program in Engineering (SCOPE).
SCOPE is a unique industry-university collaboration, and the culminating experience of Olin students' education. Over the course of a full academic year, seniors work in multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative solutions to a company’s real-world problems.
“The SCOPE teams often come up with novel ideas to enable opportunities for our new products. On the test method side, we’ve learned some surprising things about how devices interact with the biology that we had not thought of before. It’s been helpful for us in determining how we can rapidly decide if a product is going to be beneficial in the marketplace without having to go through years of clinical work. We’ve hired students and graduates, and they infect the teams that they work on. They bring not just the tools, but an unusual way of thinking about things. They challenge their peers, and they bring up the level of performance of everyone on the team.”
--Kurt Geitz, Vice President R&D, Boston Scientific
Olin has conducted SCOPE projects for organizations around the country, including Fortune 500 corporations, government research laboratories, product development companies and small businesses and startups.
SCOPE teams have worked with major companies from both the public and private sectors to:
• Expand the potential for applications of multi-function radar arrays by improving performance
• Create testing equipment for microfluidic drop technology to enhance accuracy and reduce cost
• Develop multi-vehicle coordination algorithms for teams of unmanned surface vessels and air vehicles
• Improve migration resistance in esophageal stents for biomedical product development efforts
Notably, sponsors retain full rights to all intellectual property developed by the team.
Interested in learning about working with Olin on a SCOPE project?
Contact Ruth Levine, director of business development, email@example.com, 781-292-2743
Interested in learning more about our academic program?
Contact Alisha Sarang-Sieminski, director of SCOPE, associate professor of bioengineering, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-292-2553.
General questions about SCOPE?
Contact Tracy Tully, SCOPE program manager, email@example.com, 781-292-2742.