Mentor a One-Year Team


“It gives me great pleasures to work with small teams of self-motivated students on projects they know will have immediate impact on the company sponsors. MDP recruits the students and manages all administrative details of the projects, and I get to focus on the parts I enjoy: watching the students learn and providing mentorship as they tackle these real, engineering challenges.”

—- Sugih JaminAssociate Professor, EECS

Faculty Mentors are a very important, core element of the MDP Program.  Since 2007, over 72 members of the UM Faculty community have supported students on MDP teams.

Faculty work with MDP in several different ways:

  • Principal Investigator (PI) of Faculty Research Project Teams, organized and structured student teams pursuing long-term research and development supporting faculty research.  If you would like to learn more, please contact Program Manager Trish Koman, PhD, at 
  • Faculty Mentor for Partner-Sponsored Projects (externally-sponsored teams) – small, year-long student projects in conjunction with an external partner/client (industrial, non-profit, entrepreneurial, governmental). If you would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Carlson, Program Manager at

For more information on our Faculty Research:

We are interested in innovative instructional models that enhance the engaged learning experience in engineering design.   Please contact Gail Hohner, MDP Director, if you would like to discuss partnering with MDP on an education pilot.