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Illinois Institute of Technology - 2016

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Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

In the undergraduate engineering programs, the Interprofessional Project (IPRO) courses engage multidisciplinary teams of students in semester-long undergraduate projects based on real-world topics from sponsors that reflect the diversity of the workplace: corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Each team is organized as a distinctive IPRO course section and may include 7 to 15 students from all academic levels (sophomore through graduate school), and across
IIT's professional programs (engineering, science, business, law, psychology, design, and architecture), with a typical team size
of eleven students. One or more instructors from any of IIT's academic units may guide an IPRO team, depending on the nature of the problem-solving challenge and often in collaboration with workplace professionals. Approximately 90 projects are completed each year, encompassing experiences in research, design, process improvement,
sustainability, service learning and venture development. Integration of both vertical (bridging academic levels) and horizontal (bridging professional programs) dimensions within a project team experience, guided by
virtually any faculty member at the university, is distinctive in higher education today -- stimulating student interaction across the
boundaries of individual disciplines and experiences.

The IPRO Program prepares students for the practical challenges they will face in a changing workplace, emulating a cross-functional team operating environment and grappling with the complex multifaceted
issues of our time. The core learning objectives, regardless of the specific nature of a problem-solving topic, encompass teamwork, project management and communication, as well as consideration of
ethics and other non-technical issues that influence decision-making. This gives engineering and technology-oriented students a greater appreciation for non-technical considerations, while at the same time
instilling in students of law, business and other professions greater insight concerning the process of research and technology development. Through the completion of at least two semester-long IPRO team
projects, students develop a unique portfolio of real-world experience that hones their skills, applies their knowledge and focuses their
attention on career directions that best fit their aptitude and interest. Visit http://ipro.iit.edu.

Each engineering major also includes extensive design content within its Bachelor of Science curriculum, culminating in a major design experience in the senior year.