Testimonials-Integrated Innovation Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Testimonials

"The core strength of the Master's of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services is that CMU has world class programs in design, engineering and business as well as the fact that interdisciplinary learning is at the core of the University's mission. The MII-PS program gives you the knowledge and tools to be able to design innovative, delightful products, whether that product is an RV or a website. I have been able to apply the methods that I learned in the program directly to problems that I have encountered at my job designing cutting-edge interactive web environments."


Julia Costa

Experience Designer, PNC Bank

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"There are few institutions that can provide depth in Design, Business, and Engineering at the graduate level like CMU. For me, the MII-PS program offered a unique combination of educational excellence in all three fields with a passionate, exceptional student base at an university that has a deep history of fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration. Since completing the program, I've been an absolute believer in a user-centered design process and its ability to shape the definition of impactful products and services. Wouldn't have gotten there without the program + I love what I do now."


Catherine Sun

Design Strategist, Fjord (Digital Service Design)
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“The Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services program at Carnegie Mellon was an ideal turning point in my design career. It allowed me to build on my existing engineering background and work experience, while providing me with a unique understanding of how an interdisciplinary team of designers can leverage the design process to create innovative solutions to a wide variety of problems. The real-world design challenges we worked together to solve exposed me to the entire design process, from early phase concept development through detailed engineering design. I was able to work closely with industrial designers, communication designers, business students, and other engineers every day - those skills have given me great confidence in my ability to contribute to a wide variety of projects in my current role at IDEO.”

Jason Wilkins

Mechanical Engineer, IDEO
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“The MII-PS program has jump started my career in product development. I now have a strong understanding of business and design principles on top of my depth in engineering, which puts me at a great advantage. Whether you hope to be an entrepreneur or an innovative mind within an established company, the MII-PS experience will teach you how to work in teams to make successful products that people love.”

Doug Mahony

Engineer, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
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"The MII-PS program was a powerful experience that not only allowed me to shift my career into product development, it helped me to change the way I think and solve problems.   It gave me the tools to eventually found my own product development firm and have success in the industry."

Tom Kubilius

Principal, Bally Design
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"The sheer amount of real-world experience that the MII-PS program provided enabled me to quickly translate academic concepts into professional context. I still leverage concepts from IPD in everyday work, for example, the class shaped my expectations for great interdisciplinary collaboration which has helped me to re-frame project collaboration models and continuously grow as a manager."

Megan Stanton

Associate Director of Business Design, BMW DesignWorks
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“The MII-PS program at Carnegie Mellon gave me a unique opportunity to explore and lead every part of the end to end product development process, from initial product research through engineering and marketing. My skills were put to the test through a rigorous course load including real-world project work, taking concepts and theories out of the classroom and putting them into practice. Through these experiences in the MII-PS program I developed a cross functional skill set which prepared me to become a leader in today's workplace.”

Michael Reese

Brand Manager, GlaxoSmithKline
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Sponsor Testimonials

"This program combines two singular forces…the bright energy of enthusiastic, talented students, schooled in the trifecta of design, engineering and business, seeking to make a real world impact, with the resources and teachings of that world.  Companies benefit from some great ideas, reasonably fleshed out, while providing coaching and teaching that will enable graduates to make a contribution in their careers and in their lives."

Dee Kapur

Entrepreneur and former  Vice Chairman and Chief Product Officer of Navistar International Corporation     
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“Dormont Manufacturing’s participation as a semester sponsor of the IPD program provided a unique opportunity to learn and use well-structured approaches to the vital front end of the  product development cycle. The added benefit was  our interaction with a bright cadre of students and professors in a positive melding of academia and the business world. In a word… refreshing!”

 Craig Schein

Managing Director, Dormont Manufacturing Company

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“In 2010, Nissan North America sponsored an exciting project with the IPD class at CMU which investigated the unique product value of electric vehicles and appeal to young people in order to develop new opportunities for our Nissan Leaf.   We were most impressed by the cross-discipline team work and their ability to propose and quickly prototype innovative product features.  Many of their ideas led into our early work in developing the next generation of Nissan electric vehicles.  The individual team’s thinking provocatively move us beyond just the advantages of this clean powertrain into how to use the car for something other than driving.”

Rachel Nguyen

Director, Global Upstream Planning at Nissan Motor Company, Japan