Project Courses for Potential Mobility21 Projects

Project Courses for Potential Mobility21 Projects

Project courses provide an opportunity for students to experience solving real-world problems, often with a client external to the University.  For clients, it is an opportunity to explore the range of solutions possible to a particular problem or need.  A listing of relevant project courses for Mobility21 appears below.  Note that project course topics are typically arranged a semester in advance.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

12745  Advanced Infrastructure Systems Project
This course will integrate and exercise students in a significant AIS system development project that is team-based, related to some area of infrastructure systems, industry driven, and built upon the knowledge, skills, and technologies learned in the core and specialist courses in the AIS program.  Spring Term, 12 units, CEE MS Students.

Carnegie Institute of Technology

39500 Senior Honors Research
Juniors who have an accumulated QPA of at least 3.5 receive an invitation to participate in the program. This course, open by invitation only, will provide the opportunity for close interaction with a faculty member through independent honors research in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas, as part of the CIT Honors Research Program. Students will work on their projects during their senior year, earning the equivalent of 18-24 units. Students are required to register for CIT Honor Research Project 39-500. To receive CIT College Honors, a student must complete at least 18 units in 39-500 on the same research topic and submit a 1-page executive summary of your research. Lastly, students must present their research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Meeting of the Minds in May. Although Meeting of the Minds is open to any undergraduate research initiatives occurring on campus, it is a requirement for College of Engineering Honors Research students.  Fall & Spring.  36 units.  Engineering BS Students.

Integrated Innovation Institute

49791  Software Management Capstone Project
Student teams continue work on their product or business idea. Student teams may refine or rework ideas, or continue to extend the work started in previous semesters. A plan, including milestones and deliverables, which is developed by the team must be submitted to and approved by the faculty advisor at the start of this course.

Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM)

Product/Process Project Course (12 units, Spring or Fall, e.g. 19-670 Quantitative Entrepreneurship: Analysis for New Technology Commercialization, 19-697 Lean Product Development)

Engineering & Public Policy

19451/19452 EPP Projects
Interdisciplinary problem-solving projects in which students work as leaders or members of project teams. Problem areas are abstracted from local, state and national situations and involve the interaction of technology and public policy, with different projects being chosen each semester. Oral and written presentations concerning the results of project studies are required. NOTE: All students will enroll in section A at first. During the 1st class, students will choose either project A or B. Those choosing B, will be moved into that section.  Fall & Spring, 24 Units, EPP BS Students.

Entertainment Technology Center

53-607 ETC Interdisciplinary Project
The central part of the ETC curriculum is the project course. In this course, students are in small, interdisciplinary teams, creating artifacts under direct faculty supervision. An artifact may be a web site, a piece of software, a piece of hardware, a design document, or a number of other things. Artifacts are typically intended to be prototypes, not production models. Each project team, working with their faculty member, must design what they are going to create, the mechanisms by which they will create it, and then actually create it.  Fall & Spring, 36 units, MS ETC Students.

Heinz College

90-739 Systems Synthesis I
The Systems Synthesis sequence of courses 90-739 and 90-740 is intended to provide an opportunity for students to work together intensively on the design of a specific functioning system. The term “System” refers to the fact that the particular entity studied has an identifiable objective or function, and the word “Synthesis” refers to the fact that the desired output is an integrated “design” for students to gain experience and understanding in the formulation and solution of problems in the public sector. In doing this, students have an opportunity to integrate the facts and techniques they have learned and put them to a practical test. The operation of the course involves the class in the definition and solution of one or more major public problems. The class examines these problems from relevant viewpoints, including the definition of system objectives, user requirements, as well as the examination of technological and procedural alternatives in designing the systems and consideration of the political problems in implementing solutions. The class project leads ultimately to one or more project reports, and formal presentations are made to advisory panels at the end of each semester.

95-720 Information Systems Project
The IS project course provides students an exciting opportunity to apply skills they develop in the classroom to a problem from a real world context. In doing so, students begin to make the transition from their academic world to the environments in which they will work once they graduate. In these environments, the challenges of team building, resource development, client relations, limited information and pressing deadlines are as real and important as the technical and managerial components of any task. The project is a semester long, intensive team-based experience focusing on one of the specialization areas available in the MISM program. A typical project course includes design and development of an information system for an external client – often a corporation or public agency. Each project results in a final report/document as well a demonstration, a prototype, a significant portion of a larger system, or a finished system.  Spring.  24 Units.  MS Heinz Information Systems Students.

College of Fine Arts/ School of Architecture

48705 Urban Design Studio I
The Urban Design Build Studio is a collaborative of students, professors, and allied professionals who work with community residents on implementation of appropriate, affordable, replicable design solutions.  It is a Public Interest Design Entity that utilizes participatory design processes to strengthen capacities of community residents. Each year a cohort of vertically integrated students ranging in size from 12 to 25 work with communities to identify, design, and implement catalytic projects that address relevant social and economic needs.


67373 Information Systems Consulting Project
Information Systems (IS) Consulting Project is a junior level team-based course that focuses on working as a team to build a solution to meet the needs of a client. With your teammates, you will work with an actual client to design, build, and deliver an information system solution while following a disciplined software project life cycle approach. By terms end, your team must provide a sustainable solution that fits the client’s objectives, organization constraints and capabilities.  Spring, 12 units, BS Information Systems Students

Swartz Center Initiative

45-996 Corporate Startup Lab
This course is sponsored by a Swartz Center initiative of the same name, the Corporate Startup Lab (, where we believe that entrepreneurs and startups can exist and thrive anywhere, including inside large corporations.  This will be a demanding project course in which teams will be responsible to companies for usable results. If the concept is validated during the course, companies will likely take the corporate startups on internally at the end of the semester. Sponsoring companies will have designated employees that are interacting with you regularly throughout the course, and there may be opportunities to join these companies over the summer or after graduation to continue advancing the idea.

Each team will be comprised of 5 or 6 students from all over Carnegie Mellon (Tepper, Computer Science, HCII, Engineering, Design, Heinz, etc.). The intent is to blend smart CMU students from diverse backgrounds and skills into high performance teams and showcase what those teams, armed with entrepreneurial techniques, can deliver in a semester project.


Updated March 2019