RISE is an individual or group project that allows student(s) to apply mechanical engineering principles to research, innovation, service and entrepreneurship. For their 3 credit hours, student(s) work under the direction of a mechanical engineering instructor for approximately 8-12 hours a week. Students may take a maximum of 3 credit hours and may only propose one project for their focus per term.
RISE courses are graded and may not be taken pass/fail. Students are expected to participate in the ME Undergraduate Symposium at the end of the term. If there are special circumstances (e.g. intellectual property agreements) which prevent the student from participating in the public portion of this event, approval for accommodations must be sought from the Associate Undergraduate Chair during the proposal submission.
- Sophomores (25 – 54 credit hours) may take ME 290 for 1-3 credit hours per term and must present a poster presentation at the ME Undergraduate Symposium. ME 290 may be counted as general elective credit.
- Juniors (55 – 84 credit hours) may take ME 390 for 2-3 credit hours per term and must present a poster presentation at the ME Undergraduate Symposium. ME 390 may be counted as general elective credit, or considered for specialization elective credit by petition (must be taken for 3-credits).
- Seniors with 85+ credit hours plus completion of at least two 300-lvl ME core course requirements (or by petition) may take ME 490 for 3 credit hours per term to be counted as general elective credit, 400-level technical elective credit, or specialization elective credit. ME 490 students must submit a conference paper and give a 20 minute presentation (15 min presentation, 5 min question and answer period) at the ME Undergraduate Symposium. Seniors do not need to prepare a poster, only a presentation.
Any declared ME undergraduate student may participate in RISE and be mentored by an ME tenured or tenure-track faculty (regular or joint appointment), a research professor track faculty, or a department approved research scientist.
A non-ME student must work with an ME tenured or tenure-track faculty (regular or joint appointment), a research professor track faculty, a department approved research scientist, or other faculty with special permission from the Associate Undergraduate Chair.
A group of students may conduct a team project; however, each student must individually report their own contribution during the ME Undergraduate Symposium.