The Multidisciplinary Design Program at the University of Michigan offers students a wide variety of immersive, multi-term experiential learning opportunities. We partner with top research faculty and industry leaders to bridge the gap between the classroom and authentic professional experience.
MDP Sponsored Projects is a two-semester program that has provided 1,700+ students hands-on experience with real, industry-sponsored projects including Mobile App design and launch, mechanical prototyping, chemistry-based investigations, optimization and much, much more.
We offer a fully structured, organized process for Corporate, Government, Non-Profit and internal university sponsors to engage with talented Wolverines from across the University of Michigan.
Three Types of MDP Project Teams
- Partner-Sponsored Projects
The MDP Sponsored Projects program is looking for industry-sponsored projects (mid- to back-burner, not critical-path) that include approximately 1000-800 engineering hours, fitting within the two-semester time frame of the course. Project scopes may be larger if the students are awarded summer internships with your organization
- Student Organization Projects or Competition Teams
Our Student Organizations value industry know-how and support. Professionals and alumni can share their expertise as design consultants and training leads. Teams gladly accept financial support and in-kind donations. There are many teams and many areas that would benefit from expert guidance mentoring and support. Click here to learn about the design facilities available to students, and here for links to our student teams.
- Joint Research with Faculty
The MDP will match partners’ needs and faculty interests to support mutually beneficial research projects. These can be short-term studies or large multi-year endeavors. Together the partner and faculty members determine deliverables, funding, timing, and the level of student involvement. The MDP provides students trained in customer needs assessment, project management, data analysis, creative problem solving, and team dynamics. This allows partnered research projects to get off the ground and produce results quickly. Click Here to learn more about these Faculty Research Projects
Students with key skillsets needed to complete your project are divided into teams of 5-7, representing three or more different fields of study. The team is mentored by a professor and a professional engineer from your organization throughout the duration of the project. A problem is presented by your company, and a solution is crafted by the team. In the current cohort, students hail from the College of Engineering, Ross School of Business, School of Information, Art & Design, and many more.
At the end of the project, the sponsoring company receives all documentation, drawings, prototypes, and intellectual property for the project while the students leave with the knowledge and experience of solving real-world challenges
PLEASE NOTE: Not included on this timeline are the frequent, optional events offering additional on-campus engagement with our students. Download the MDP Timeline.