The Graduate Design Program is focused on educating graduate (both Masters and Doctoral) students through hands-on design learning and industry-sponsored projects. The cornerstone of this program is a three-semester sequence of courses that begin in January, and culminate the following year in May. The first course in this sequence is Advanced Product Design (APD). APD is a studio class that focuses on consumer product design and helps equip students with the tools necessary to complete the two-semester Graduate Design projects course which follows.
The Graduate Design projects course meets formally once per week, and is geared towards teams of students completing an industry-sponsored design project. In Graduate Design, the teams, composed of 3-4 students, have access to funds from the sponsoring company, and meet regularly with a mentor from the sponsoring company and a faculty advisor. Teams are tasked with delivering a near turn-key product at the end of the 9 month project.
You can enroll in the ME Design Track or through the Design Pathway option in all ME Tracks. The Design Pathway allows you to complete the three course sequence as enrichment/elective credits in the other ME Tracks.
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