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.
A Great Value
- Average number of student hours per project: 1,000
- Cost per hour: $5.00
- Total cost: $5,000
- Included: Faculty advisor, course director, external reviewers, support staff, and use of Dartmouth facilities
Compare to cost of hiring 1 engineering graduate for 1,000 hrs:
- Average total cost: $28,000
- Included: Typically very little
Competitive Waiver Program
Potential project sponsors who are not able to commit the project funding requirement 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.
Please refere to the following eligibility guidelines and rules before submitting a project proposal with a competitive waiver:
- Government entities
- For-profit companies of fewer than 5 employees
- Partial offset or full defrayal of the required $5,000.
- Up to three such project waivers may be granted in a given year.
- Director of the CEDC
- ENGS 89/90 Instructor
- Faculty member, appointed by the dean of the Thayer School of Engineering
- The sponsor must certify that the project is being submitted by a eligible organization.
- The sponsor must further demonstrate that the $5,000 in program support cannot be met.
- Projects will be evaluated according to their likelihood of success, their educational value to the students, and their social value.
- The committee will consider the sponsor's previous experience with the ENGS 89/90 course sequence in the event of a tie.
- Those sponsors who are awarded a waiver are expected to contribute the same level of engagement, advice, and budget support as all other sponsors.