Educational Impact-Integrated Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Educational Impact

The Integrated Innovation Institute partners with industry leaders throughout our intensive coursework to bring new product opportunities to life. During this process, students gain valuable, real-world experiences, while sponsors gain valuable insight, new ideas and potential interns and full time hires. At the end of the project, student teams develop form and function models and marketing and manufacturing plans for the product concepts. A sample of previous sponsor industries includes healthcare, transportation (auto, truck and airlines), consumer goods, and industrial-safety equipment.

At the Pittsburgh campus, sponsors can work with students through our Integrated Product Development (IPD) course.  In Silicon Valley, the curriculum offers a Software Management Practicum course each semeter that connects student teams with industries.

Integrated Product Development (IPD)

The Integrated Product Development (IPD) course at Carnegie Mellon pioneered the field of integrated product development, setting the standard for courses of its kind. Originating more than 25 years ago, the course continues to grow and meet the evolving needs of students and industry. Through their extensive research and teaching, the core IPD faculty have created unique tools and methodologies that have become key to the course.  The faculty have written multiple books on innovation, including the text Creating Breakthrough Products, by Jonathan Cagan and Craig Vogel, which is the cornerstone of the course.

The IPD course focuses on integrated team-based opportunity identification, understanding, conceptualization and realization of new product opportunities among the engineering, design and business disciplines. It is co-taught by faculty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Design and the Tepper School of Business. Students in the course are from the Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services (MII-PS) formerly called the Master of Product Development (MPD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

The emphasis of the IPD course is on the early, "fuzzy front end" stage of product development. The course gives structure and clarity to this stage as well as to the ones that follow and helps direct the product development process to be more efficient and effective downstream.

Software Management Practicum

Practicum at Silicon Valley is a capstone course for students in the Software Management program. Practicum offer an educational opportunity for students to work for corporate clients doing real-time work, under the guidance of faculty, to analyze problems, negotiate requirements and scope, and manage the customer relationship, in addition to solution development. The experience integrates all of a student's previous coursework.

Acting as consultants to one or more customers, student teams must scope a project; develop a project plan and detailed statement of work. Practicum topics are typically proposed by outside companies, which are looking to work with our students, but there are other options available as well. Students must demonstrate all deliverables to the customer(s), whose assessment of the work is a major component of the grade.

Interested in sponsoring a course? Visit our Corporate Engagement page for additional details.