IDEA: Implementing Design Throughout the Curriculum at Northwestern

J. Edward Colgate, Ann McKenna, and Bruce Ankenman
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA

This paper introduces IDEA — the Institute for Design Engineering and Applications. IDEA brings together a number of Northwestern University’s existing undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering design and introduces two new programs: 1) a Certificate in Engineering Design that may be earned by any engineering undergraduate; and 2) a Bachelor’s in Manufacturing and Design Engineering. We review a number of our guiding philosophies and give an overview of the two new programs.


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