Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Master of Product Development Students Take First Place at Innovation Competition
A team of 9 students from the Master of Product Development program has taken first place in the 2012 Delphi Innovation Competition.
This year's competition challenged the team to develop a reliable, accurate and cost effective system of wirelessly charging electric vehicles by aligning a car over a very specific point while parking.
With funding provided by Delphi, the team, led by student Oscar Frias and advised by Professor Stuart Evans, applied CMU’s interdisciplinary and user-centric focus to research, prototype and develop a very reliable system that provided the drivers with accurate information and instructions to park properly. It was this approach to reliability, usability and user-centric design that took the team to the final round in April.
There, the team presented and demonstrated their project to Delphi’s management who proudly awarded the team with the first place prize. The overall experience of this self-organized extracurricular project helped the team to apply the knowledge and techniques acquired during the MPD program, as well as to receive great advice from CMU’s extended network. It also put the team members under the spotlight for high level recruitment in Delphi, which will have team member Scott Fisher joining their lines as a Product Engineer starting this summer.
The Master of Product Development (MPD) degree is a one-year professional degree in innovation and design thinking that combines engineering, design and business skills to create products that meet value-based needs and desires of stakeholders. The degree is jointly offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Design, with support from the Tepper School of Business.