MS&E Senior Projects
As a culmination of the major, MS&E's senior project course offers students a "learn-by-doing" experience.
First, student teams select and define a problem with a sponsoring organization. They then design, test, analyze, and provide recommendations to the sponsor using their cumulative MS&E education. Finally, students present their engineered solutions for these in-depth, real-world problems.
Senior projects often open a variety of doors for students, including employment opportunities with sponsor organizations.
Explore senior projects from 2022 below on this page, and find earlier projects using these links:
2022 senior projects: Impact, optimized
This year's senior projects saw the return of in-person presentations during March 2022.
Students drew on their course work—including mathematical modeling, systems analysis, organization theory, optimization, probability, statistics, ethics, computer science, and economics—to inform their work on the projects.
Projects for 2022 infused optimization problems, such as how best to take a company public, with a heavy emphasis on social impact, for example defining best practices for a homeless shelter's transition from congregate to non-congregate housing. Sponsor organizations ranged from early-stage startups like Metrus Energy, to established firms like ESPN, to non-profits like 3Strands Global Foundation that serve to impact the community at large.
Students were mentored by MS&E faculty members along the way, meeting regularly in groups to refine their work leading up to their final presentations. This year's faculty mentors included professors Ramesh Johari, Riitta Katila, Markus Pelger, and James Sweeney.
3Strands to fight human trafficking
The team created a dashboard to analyze 3Strands' capacity and capability, develop future goals, and showcase their impact.Read more
Identifying creative solutions for community engagement
The team helped Catalyze SV increase its community engagement and creativity in virtual housing development meetings and workshops.Read and watch more
Market insights & investing: Cybersecurity and timberland
The team identified market trends in cybersecurity and timberland management markets and provided market-specific investment recommendations.Read and watch more
SportsCenter viewer engagement analysis
The team synthesized the current landscape of women’s sports coverage and presented their findings and recommendations to an ESPN SportsCenter producer.Read and watch more
Maximizing social impact with FitKids.tv
The team determined the most effective way to bring FitKids.tv to market by identifying a target market and determining specific sales strategies.Read and watch more
Improving accessibility to the reproductive healthcare industry
The team helped increase IERH's outreach and improve their website to help them close the gap in abortion education for medical students and professionals.Read and watch more
An ROI clients will not regret!
The team highlighted, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the return-on-investment clients receive when partnering with Learn to Win.Read and watch more
Workforce optimization at a multi-facility sports recreation center
The team provided Legacy Sports with tools and resources to achieve their workforce optimization and financial staffing goals.Read and watch more
Best practices for non-congregate homeless shelters
The team developed a set of best practices for LifeMoves’ transition from congregate to non-congregate housing facilities.Read and watch more
Tracking carbon emission impact of school transportation
The team gathered data about carbon emissions associated with local school commutes and recommended ways to decrease those emissions.Read and watch more
Analysis of ROI within renewable energy as a service portfolio
The team assessed how decarbonization policy shifts could affect Metrus' business and explored strategies to take advantage of future decarbonization efforts.Read more
The impact of solar and lithium-ion battery technology
The team quantified the impacts of solar panels and lithium-ion batteries by performing a life-cycle assessment on both technologies.Read and watch more
The optimal path to go public: An analysis of offer structure, venue, and raising capital
The team developed the most efficient path for Revolut to become a publicly traded company at the highest possible valuation, while also taking into account secondary company goals.Read and watch more