A systematic approach to safety issues is described in the context of an autonomous robot capstone project. The treatment of safety should not be an ad hoc or an after-thought aspect of design projects. Engineering students need to consider safety as an integral component of the design process and to identify and address hazards systematically in each stage of project work. Appropriate actions include researching professional standards and regulations, incorporating safety best practices, developing safety checklists and operating protocols, and providing significant safety documentation. Formal safety components were added to a capstone design project for electrical and computer engineering undergraduates in which an R2D2-like robot was designed and built. The work provides project examples, lessons learned, and student feedback related to the safety treatment.

Meeting Name

2017 ASEE Midwest Section Conference (2017: Sep. 24-26, Stillwater, OK)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Concurrent Session II: Safety, Senior Design & Capstone

Received the first-place Outstanding Technical Paper Award

Document Type

Technical Report

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

26 Sep 2017