The third cohort of MDE students presents their Independent Design Engineering Projects (IDEP). These projects demonstrate prototypes for addressing some of the most vexing problems of our time. IDEP work requires the synthesis and application of design and engineering methods for examining and understanding a problem, developing solutions, and assessing the degree to which these solutions address the problem that has been framed. This year 17 students worked on 15 different projects in the areas of personal and community empowerment, sustainability, safety, as well as ageing, involving local stakeholders as well as working with groups internationally in Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, and Colombia. 

Martin Bechthold
Kumagai Professor of Architectural Technology, GSD
Director of the Doctor of Design Studies Program and the Master in Design Engineering Program

Woodward Yang 
Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, SEAS, and HBS University Fellow