Every year, we welcome the partnership of 20-30 industry, non-profit and government organizations who are dedicated to engaging with student engineers. We will help you select an engineering based project for students that will benefit your company, keeping in mind your technology and recruitment goals and educational needs of the program.

What Makes a Good Project
  • An open ended design opportunity with defined boundaries
  • Back burner innovation ideas
  • Prototype development, data analytics, web and app design, AI, machine learning, and more!
  • Scale ~ about 1000 entry level engineering hours
What You Provide
  • A real world problem
  • One hour a week of technical mentorship (on site or remote)
  • $24,000 program fee
  • Attendance at our fall recruitment events and January kick off dinner on campus
What We Provide
  • 5-7 competitively recruited students from engineering and beyond
  • 2 hours a week of dedicated faculty mentorship
  • A curriculum that scaffolds the design experience
  • Marketing materials
  • Recruitment events
  • A formal project kick off in January
  • Contract templates
  • $3000 travel/development budget for your student team
  • A partner on campus to help increase your student engagement
What You Get
  • To tackle a problem that has been on your back burner
  • The rights to all intellectual property created in most cases
  • Non Disclosure Agreements signed by your student team
  • Robust engagement with your student team for recruitment
  • Increased presence on campus
  • The option to offer summer internships
  • All projects scope in the spring/summer, recruit in the fall, and run January through December.
Horizontal timeline for MDP partners from January to December.
Project Ideas

Visit our project archive for more examples

Contact Us to Get Started
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Program Manager for Sponsored Projects