Explore Student Experiences

MDP offers a variety of project options for first-year through professional master’s students. 

Read below to explore which type interests you the most.

Faculty Research Teams

Under the direction of a Faculty Principal Investigator (PI), teams of 12 to 45 students are flexibly structured into sub-teams.

  • MDP students develop research experience and team skills over multiple semesters of engagement on a team.
  • Students can earn 2 credits per term with a 2-term minimum required.

Industry Sponsored Teams

Gain experience and solve real-world problems on an industry or non-profit project. Small teams of 5-7 students are guided weekly by both a Faculty and Sponsor mentor.

  • Students develop core translatable skills for professional practice.
  • Undergraduate students can earn 7-8 credits split over the 2-semester project. Graduate students can earn 2 credits per semester.

Student Organization Teams

Members of engineering student organizations can work with MDP to earn academic credit.

  • Returning student organization members have the potential to earn academic credit for technically advanced work on the team.
  • Any design based engineering team with at least 3 majors represented is eligible to earn academic credit.