Penn StateSchool of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

EDSGN 100 Project

Each semester, students in EDSGN 100 demonstrate their newfound design abilities through a sponsored final project. It is a great opportunity for students and sponsors.

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Engineering Design Certificate

The Certificate in Engineering Design is for those students who enjoy engineering design and who want to have an edge in getting their first job.

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We are looking for faculty with a passion for design, design research, and design education.

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Contact Us:

Matt Parkinson

Program Director

213K Hammond Building

University Park, PA 16802




Course Listing

View all undergraduate or graduate EDSGN courses listed in the University Bulletin.


The Engineering Design Program is home to a dedicated group of about 20 engineering faculty who teach and research in design. By uniquely offering tenure-track positions in engineering design, it has proven to be very competitive when recruiting nationally. The EDP is an interdisciplinary program that includes all engineering fields and beyond, while being constrained by none.

The EDP offers:

  • Design courses from the first year to graduate studies and off-site training in design methods and many sponsored and continuing design projects. The use of studio pedagogy in classes and on-going design projects is growing steadily.
  • The award-winning EDSGN 100 Introduction to Engineering Design that is taken by more than 1,000 students at University Park and more than 300 at the commonwealth campuses each year. Students intending to major in Computer Science and Engineering do not take EDSGN 100. Students intending to major in Architectural Engineering take EDSGN 130: Architectural Graphics and CAD.
  • A Certificate in Engineering Design that both serves the need for employers for engineers with interdisciplinary design skills and provides a pipeline for students who will pursue graduate studies in engineering design. A minor is also planned.
  • Upper-division courses in innovative, integrated (I2) Design, Sustainable Design, Global Design, and Design for Community Development. (These courses are often accepted as technical electives and by the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor.)
  • The home for the honors thesis area of engineering design for students in the Schreyer Honors College.

Honors Thesis

In May 2006, Engineering Design was approved by the Schreyer Honors College (SHC) as an honors thesis area, with the Engineering Design Program as its designated home.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty in the engineering design program, including affiliate faculty, and any other EDP faculty with graduate faculty status may serve as an honors thesis supervisor in Engineering Design. The honors thesis will be signed by the honors thesis supervisor for that thesis when it has been satisfactorily completed. It must also be signed by the EDP honors adviser.

A scholar’s “area of honors” is tied to the honors thesis, so regardless of what honors course work the student may take, the student earns honors in the area of their thesis research.

EDSGN 494H has been established with variable credit to support honors thesis work in engineering design.

Click here to learn more about Honors Thesis in engineering design.

Graduate Programs

The EDP currently offers several graduate-level courses and research opportunities. Graduate courses are available in systems design, design decision making, design for human variability, and innovative design.