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EDSGN 100 Project

Each semester, students in EDSGN 100 demonstrate their newfound design abilities through a sponsored final project. It is a great opportunity for students and sponsors.

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The Certificate in Engineering Design is for those students who enjoy engineering design and who want to have an edge in getting their first job.

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Matt Parkinson
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University Park, PA 16802
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The SEDTAPP Engineering Design Program (EDP) is based on the concept of integrated engineering design: the integration of the ideas, disciplines, people, and resources within engineering and beyond that are necessary to achieve optimal design solutions for products, systems, processes, and services. Strengths of the EDP include design methods, systems design, design for human variability, design cognition (decision making), global design with worldwide partners, innovative design, community engagement, and client-based design project experiences. Faculty in the Engineering Design Program conduct collaborative research in many of these areas and offer courses from the first year to the graduate level.


Fall 2013 Student Design Showcase Set for Dec. 12

Engineering students will display their solutions to industry-posed problems at the Student Design Project Showcase at 1 p.m. on December 12 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The showcase is the culmination of a semester-long effort by engineering students to design prototypes and remedies to real-world challenges posed by industry clients.

Seniors in biological engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering design, engineering science and mechanics, industrial engineering, materials science and mechanical engineering are participating in the...

From Lab to Collaborative Learning Environment: Students Help Redesign 316 Hammond

Last spring, Benjamin Fehl, instructor of engineering design, and Richard Devon, professor of engineering design, charged a group of four students with redesigning 316 Hammond. The room was renovated over the summer and ready for classes in the fall. The students reflect on their experience and their peers laud the end result.

Architectural engineering undergraduates Page Donnell and Sean O'Neill look around 316 Hammond and take in all the changes that have been made since they submitted their design concept last spring. Donnell notes, "I think the main improvement is that before, everyone sat behind a giant computer and there was no...

"Summers by Design" in Singapore, Spain, and France

At the conclusion of spring semester every year, several dozen students participate in the Engineering Design Program's "Summers by Design". These are international design courses taught at top design schools in the world. And as a bonus, these locations are amazing: the cultural, artistic, culinary, and other opportunities are endless.

Interested students must apply through Penn State's Global Programs office. They will participate in global product development courses with students from the US and many other countries. The curriculum is typically a combination of lecture and project-based activities. To facilitiate the cross-cultural experience, much of...

The China Experience

Students participate in new study abroad program

During the first summer session of 2009, the College of Engineering and Penn State Education Abroad launched a new, three-week summer abroad program in China. Students of all disciplines had the opportunity to take ENGR 197A Impact of History, Culture, Society, and Environment on Engineering Design in China. The three-credit course, taught by Instructor in Engineering Design Xinli Wu, fulfilled requirements in social and behavioral sciences and international cultures for engineering students and counted toward general education credits for students in other majors.

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Recent News

Students Seek Ways to Make Vehicles Safer, Greener, More Connected
October 2014

Most people spend more time in their car each day than anywhere except work or home. Over the next 10 years, experts say, our vehicles will be transformed to improve the driving experience. But how will these new cars be safer, greener and more connected than their predecessors? Delphi Automotive, one of the world’s largest automotive parts manufacturers, wants Penn State engineering students to be part of that conversation.

Students in this semester’s EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design class will work in teams to address Delphi's challenge by coming up with potential ideas that might help auto manufacturers incorporate cutting-edge features...

College of Engineering Establishes New Graduate Program in Engineering Design
June 2014

The College of Engineering has a new engineering design graduate program within its School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP).

M E Alumnus to Discuss CATIA 3D Design Software
April 2014

Jonathan Gabrys ('92 M E, '94 M.S.), a structural engineer and computer simulation specialist at Boeing, will give a presentation tonight (April 10) to students in EDSGN 497K: Engineering Design and Analysis with Advanced CAD.

AT&T Challenges EDSGN 100 Students to Explore Ways to Leverage Connectivity and Technology
March 2014

AT&T, a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services, has partnered with Penn State to sponsor this semester's EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design project.

PennTAP Grant to Foster College of Engineering-Industry Relationship
January 2014

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) has been awarded a two-year, $550,000 Discovered in Pennsylvania, Developed in Pennsylvania (D2PA) program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).

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Partners and Sponsors

Our academic partners strengthen and sustain the mission of the engineering design program. These connections enhance students' communication skills, knowledge base, and performance levels to prepare them for careers in the new global business environment. Find out more about our academic partners.

Are you part of a company looking for a unique way to impact first-year engineering design education? If so, consider sponsoring an EDSGN 100 design project. Find more information on benefits to your company as well as the students.