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.
- 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
- Great experience to build skills that will prepare you for an industrial or research career.
- Summer internships: You will see that some projects offer internships, some may require a summer internship, and other sponsors simply offer a guaranteed interview. Please read each project description thoroughly.
- During the backpacking period, you will receive a Class Permission via email from the MDP office.
- 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 organizations will offer a paid internship or research stipends for the summer.