2018 projects coming this September!
For more information about projects from previous years, please click below:
Requirements for credit for students seeking to earn credit through the ENGR x55 courses through a newly-forming group of students.
Through the Multidisciplinary Design Program, Michigan engineering students have an opportunity to earn credit for their engineering experiences outside of their normal curriculum study. Engineering teams and engineering organization activities provide an avenue for students to earn engineering credit while working on real world problems on a team of other UM students.
In order to earn academic credit for work on a student-initiated design team, teams must meet the following requirements:
|Team Action||Timeline||Example Date|
|Confirm faculty mentor||Early/mid-semester
before earning credit
|October or February|
|Complete team proposal and email to MDP (to be approved by MDP Director)||Mid-semester before earning credit with MDP||November or March|
|Complete individual proposals||Before/during backpacking||Mid-November or Mid-March|
|Receive approval and course override from MDP||Before the Add/Drop deadline||December or April|
In order to receive credit for their design experience, students are required to develop a proposal during the beginning of their activities a gain the approval through the Multidisciplinary Design Program.
The proposal should have the following components:
After the proposal is developed it must be approved by the student team’s faculty member and/or a member of the faculty associated with the Multidisciplinary Design Program.
Click to see an example of a Student Initiated Team Proposal
(NOTE: This proposal is being shared with the author’s permission)
Each year, The Multidisciplinary Design Program provides students with vetted engineering design project opportunities. We match teams of qualified students with customers from a wide variety of organizations including private sector/industry, governmental research labs, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurial start-ups and faculty research labs. These companies, organizations, and Faculty members are committed to providing students with an opportunity to develop practical design skills within a team while delivering results that have significant impact for the sponsoring organization.
Partner-Sponsored Teams have 5-7 students, a dedicated UM faculty mentor, and mentors from the Sponsoring organization. Teams meet weekly based on a schedule developed at the beginning of the year.
Students who are selected to join these competitive teams will work with their Sponsor Mentor and Faculty Mentor to tackle the two-semester project. Design work and team meetings happen on campus, and testing and Design Reviews often happen on-site at the Sponsor’s Office. Two-term commitment is required: Winter and Fall.
PLEASE NOTE: You earn credit for your learning from the project. Time spent on the project during the Winter & Fall Terms is therefore not paid. Some of organizations will offer a paid internship or research stipends for the summer.
BUILDING GLOBALLY COMPETENT ENGINEERS THROUGH PROFESSIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE IN CHINA
Gain Global Engineering Experience in China
Solve important global automotive design challenges through design team participation in this unique two semester partnership between UM, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, and General Motors.
|2017||Mar 8||Applications Due|
|Mar 15||Selection Decision Released|
|April 8||Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation|
|Sept – Dec||Fall Semester at UM-SJTU JI in Shanghai, China|
|2018||Jan – Mar||Winter Semester at UM, Chinese teammates work remotely|
|Mar – Apr||Chinese teammates travel to UM to complete project work|
|April 12||Present project at CoE Design Expo|
For more information, please download 2017-2018 Global MDP Flyer, or attend any one of the following information sessions (RSVP required):
|Tuesday Feb 7, 2017||11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Duderstadt Room #1180)||Feb 7: RSVP Here|
|Wednesday Feb 15, 2017||5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Duderstadt Room #1180)||Feb 15: RSVP Here|
The Faculty Research Project Teams provide students with real research and real teamwork experience. 2017 Faculty Research Projects can be found at Faculty Research Projects page.
The Faculty Research Project teams unite undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in a team-based environment to advance research projects in science and engineering. Motivated undergraduate and graduate students who join these multi-year teams benefit significantly.
Aside from their research tasks, all students also contribute to their team’s knowledge base: an online repository of references and training materials that allow new team members to quickly get up-to-speed when they join, regardless of experience level. Joining a Faculty Research Project thus provides a unique chance for students to gain experience in team and project management, allowing them to become both great researchers and great leaders.
Each team is unique, and the Faculty Research Project Program can accommodate the changing needs of research by providing flexible and scalable team structures -- Most teams start with a small “seed” group of 6-8 students directly overseen by one or more faculty sponsors. As teams grow, they divide their work among several subteams, each lead by an experienced student.
Want to learn more about how MDP could support your research efforts? Please contact Program Manager Dan Johnson: email@example.com. Office hours for Faculty Research Project team students are on Fridays from noon to 2PM at 201 GFL.
Students from across the University enroll in academic credit on dozens of MDP projects every semester. These projects fall into six main categories, each with its own intake process and curriculum requirements. Click on the project types below to learn more.
Type of Projects
|Section Numbers for Course Enrollment||Time Commitment||
|Student Organization Project Teams||ENGR x55-0XX*||Varies, contact MDP Academic Advisor||By Faculty Mentor
Per approved proposal
|Partner-Sponsored Project Teams||ENGR x55-1XX*||9-12 hours per week
|“Y” grade at end of WN term.
Letter grade at end of FA term.
|Faculty Research Project Teams||ENGR x55-2XX*||6-8 hours per week
|“Y” grade at end of first term, Letter grade at end of each subsequent term.|
|Student Initiated Project Teams||ENGR x55-0XX*||Varies, contact MDP Academic Advisor||By Faculty Mentor
Per approved proposal
*MDP accepts course enrollment options from your home department. e.g. EECS 498, ME 490, AERO 390, AUTO 503 etc.
Students are not required to enroll through ENGR x55/599. If your department allows you to substitute an MDP project for a Senior Capstone, MDE, Technical Elective or Practicum requirement, MDP will support your effort. Approving a degree substitution is at the sole discretion of your home's academic department. Students are responsible for understanding their home department's course substitution rules.
Any design based, Engineering team with at least 3 majors represented is eligible to earn academic credit. These are independent student organizations, and some members choose to curricularize their experience and earn academic credit. The Multidisciplinary Design Program offers a mechanism to do this.
Note: the majority of students participate in student organizations without earning academic credit. It is not a requirement of joining a team, but an option available for interested students.
For more information about the student organization teams, please visit Wilson Student Team Project Center.
Process for earning academic credit on a student team:
Below are examples of student-led design teams where previous MDP students have earned academic credit.