Who We Are

What is MDP?

The Multidisciplinary Design Program provides 800+ experiential (“learn by doing”) opportunities
for students from across the university every year.

  • Apply what you learn in class to engineering design challenges.
  • Gain the technical and professional skills necessary to thrive in engineering research
    or industrial settings
  • Experience how multiple disciplines collaborate within a team.

In addition, we formally study the effectiveness of Engineering Design instructional methods to constantly improve the experiential opportunities we offer our students.

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Our Approach

Who We Serve

You don’t need to be an engineer to join these teams. Although all of our projects focus on engineering, 25% of our students hail from other disciplines, bringing valuable and diverse input and support to the engineering effort.

Undergraduate and Masters students - Provide organized applied engineering experiences

Faculty and Researchers – Support recruiting, start-up and ongoing management of student teams working on research

External Partners – Provide student projects for industry and non-profit organizations that seek to engage with the College of Engineering

Greater University Community – We value daring innovation. Any University of Michigan department, unit, program, organization or affiliate is encouraged to contact us to discuss partnering.

Types of Student Experiences

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Sponsored Projects – 2-semester projects sponsored by an industrial or non-profit client. Small teams of students (5-7) are guided weekly by both a Faculty and Sponsor mentor. Students develop core translatable skills for professional practice, including project management, industrial design reviews, testing methodology development, standard validation methods and processes, and multi-stakeholder communication.



Faculty Research Teams – Highly structured, ongoing student teams (e.g., 15-30) under the direction of a Faculty Principal Investigator (PI). Students develop expertise and experience in a research over multiple semesters of membership within a team.



Student Organization Teams – Course enrollment option for student organization members (available for technically advanced levels of participation).

MDP QUICK FACTS

CAMPUS-WIDE

TEAM SIZE

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DIVERSITY

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PROJECT LENGTH

2-semester projects

Project Types

Colleges Involved

Minor in Multidisciplinary Design

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Professional Project Experience