Back when I lived in other states, I partnered with local university engineering programs that had 'senior project' classes, where community members could propose ideas and pay for supplies, and if the idea was selected by a senior engineering team, they would spend one semester doing research and design, and a second semester doing build, test, and refinement.
I now live in the Pacific Northwest (Northeast of Seattle) and so far, my attempts to find something similar in this area have been unsuccessful. As a result, I'm considering the possibility of doing long-distance project sponsorship (not my favorite idea- I like to meet with the teams, give feedback along the way, etc). In order to make it more likely that the projects would be successful long-distance, I'm thinking that it would help to work with a university that has faculty expertise in, and a lot of student usage of, a standardized hardware platform like the arduino and related shields.
Is anyone aware of, or do you have a list of, university undergraduate programs that use arduinos as part of their curriculum, including working on externally-sponsored (hardware costs only) projects?
Past projects I've submitted & sponsored include embedding sensors into a chair to determine posture for ergonomic research, and a pre-filter for speakerphones to provide visual feedback on sound quality in a business setting. Future projects include wireless greenhouse controls, and an automobile-based video logging system.
I appreciate your suggestions for university programs to contact.
Thank you, Keith