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, industry, governmental research labs, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurial start-ups and faculty research labs. These companies, organizations, and Professors 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 and a dedicated faculty mentor, and mentors from the Sponsoring firm. Teams meet weekly based on schedule developed at the beginning of the year, considering all student team members’ class commitments.
Work alongside professional engineers, a faculty mentor, and multidisciplinary team of students to tackle an engineering project for a company. Design work and team meetings happen on campus, testing and Design Reviews often happen on-site at the Sponsor’s Office. Two-term commitment required.
- Develop engineering, teamwork, project management skills, and more
- Earn credit hours through ENGR 255, 355, 455, 599; or other courses as specified by your department
- Credit can also count toward Multidisciplinary Design minor
- Summer internships: You will see that many projects offer internships. Interviews for a summer internship with your project sponsor will be conducted in November. Some firms guarantee all project team members internships. Please read each project description thoroughly.
- Great experience on your resume.
- During the backpacking period, you will receive a class permission via email from the MDP Academic Advisor, Megan Langille.
- Receiving this email does not mean you are already registered for the class. You are responsible for utilizing the Backpack/Registration tool in Wolverine access by the expiration date in the email.
- All Projects start in January and end in December.
- Students earn a Y letter grade for the Winter term, indicating the mid-way point of a two-term course.
- When the final grade is awarded at the end of the Fall Term, the Y grade will convert to the same letter grade.
- If a student withdraws from the project or does not enroll for the second term of the project, the student earns a failing grade for all project credit hours.
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 the organizations will offer a paid internship for the summer.