Financial Commitment

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Each CEDC associate contributes $5,000 to Thayer School for their student selected project. Invoices will be sent during early October, shortly after the commencement of student project work. Students may also need company-donated parts or access to company resources to complete project assignments.

This $5,000 fee does not mean that student team members are employees of Thayer School or of their industry sponsor. Your contribution partially supports the expenses associated with this project course. The actual cost of a typical ENGS 89/90 student project is about $25,000 per student.

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Competitive Waiver Program

Project sponsors associated with non-profits, government entities, or for-profit companies of fewer than 5 employees may request consideration for the Cook Engineering Design Center Competitive Waiver Program. Potential project sponsors are encouraged to submit project proposals and statements of need to compete for partial or full waiver of the required $5,000 in program support. Up to three such project waivers may be granted in a given year.

Project sponsors wishing to compete for one of these waivers must submit a letter of intent to the director of the Cook Engineering Design Center ( on or before September 1 of the current project year. The remainder of the online project proposal submission process remains unchanged.

Additional information on the competitive waiver program is available on the project proposal submission site.

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