Interdisciplinary Capstone Design @ Lehigh

Lehigh's Interdisciplinary Capstone Design experience is delivered through the award-winning Integrated Product Development (IPD) program, which gives juniors, seniors, and graduate students in engineering, business, and the design arts the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams with entrepreneurial and corporate sponsors to design,fabricate, and produce new products for a global economy.

Since it was founded in 1994, the IPD program has greatly expanded its opportunities for student with entrepreneurial mindsets to cultivate their innovative ideas into effective solutions. Each team follows the renowned IPD process, which also provides resources to fabricate, build and test the best solution for technical, social, economic and personal relevance and value.

IPD has been featured by U.S. News and World Report, and described by The New York Times as a model for the "workplace and its cross-disciplinary teams." The program won a curriculum innovation award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has been featured in the Journal of the American Society of Engineering Educators. Over the years, many students have been awarded grants by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and have exhibited their products at the NCIIA annual conference. Others have gone on to further cultivate their ideas into the launch of successful business and social-entrepreneurship ventures.