The SCOPE Partnership
The Senior Capstone Program in Engineering (SCOPE) typically takes place over one academic year. Each team of five to seven students is “built” through the diligent efforts of both students and faculty to meet the technical challenges of each project. Every team has access to all of the facilities and resources of the college to support the project.
The program has a number of support structure mechanisms working behind the scenes at Olin to help each team succeed. The first of these is the faculty advisor, who mentors the team, makes sure the team is on track and facilitates their access to appropriate resources.
We also identify appropriate additional “angel” advisors for each team. These are Olin faculty and affiliates with experience in the technical area of the project, as well as in running large projects, who act as additional resources for the SCOPE teams. Students participate in internal design reviews during which they present their ideas and project status and get critical feedback from faculty and angel advisors, as well as other student teams.
“Our primary goal for participating in the program was to ask the students to address some of the hardware challenges we see in our current robotics research platforms. Since the focus of our group at ARL is on software and algorithm development, we have been looking for outside opportunities to address some of our hardware limitations. The SCOPE program met our goals very well."
- David Baran, Computer Engineer, US Army Research Laboratory
The sponsor’s involvement
Communication and reporting