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
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.
Who We Serve
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
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. Undergraduate students can earn 7-8 credits split over the two semesters. Graduate students can earn 2 credits per semester.
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. Students can earn 2 credits per semester.
Student Organization Teams – Course enrollment option for student organization members (available for technically advanced levels of participation). Returning students have the potential to earn academic credit for their work on the team.