Design Projects

Help Develop the Next Generation of Innovators

Each Cornerstone course is focused around a particular real-world design project. In Intro to Design, all 500-600 students across the different sections work in teams to find creative solutions for one project. Examples of past Intro to Design projects include solutions to bring fresh food to food deserts, adapting a wheelchair for use in rough African terrains, and removing and processing plastic marine debris.

In Practice of Design, each team of students works on a different project with a different client (although some clients submit more than one project). These projects are typically more complex and require the base communication skills and design methodology knowledge taught in Intro to Design. While these projects are varied and can be industry specific, some examples include stabilizing a slope over a road cut, designing a lunar rover, creating a solar desalination and hydrogen harvesting device, and developing radio receivers for processing specific signals.

The best part about these design projects? You and your company can participate!