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Tracks

Master engineering designers at Penn State further deepen their DESIGN knowledge and skills by selecting one of four unique tracks:

Design Computing 

Students in this track will learn to apply advanced computing to supercharge designers' abilities to create personalized products and services. In order to complete this track, students must complete the four following courses: 

Potential career opportunities for students who specialize in design computing may include data scientist, data engineer, data analyst, product designer, design engineer, human factors engineer, and manufacturing engineer. 

Product Realization

In the design for product realization track, students will learn to design adaptive, flexible, and innovative products that challenge traditional product design and manufacturing approaches in support of growing markets. In order to complete this track, students must complete the four following courses: 

Potential career opportunities for students who specialize in design in product realization may include design engineer, 3D solution specialist, computer-aided design manager, manufacturing engineer, validation engineer, mechanical design engineer, and safety engineer. 

Human-Centered Design

Through the human-centered design track, students learn to start with empathy and apply rigorous processes and tools to transform user needs into viable engineered solutions. In order to complete this track, students must complete the four following courses:

Potential career opportunities for students who specialize in human-centered design include design engineer, product designer, user experience (UX) designer, interaction designer, human factors design engineer, and mechanical design engineer. 

Humanitarian Engineering Design

In this track, students learn to develop scalable and sustainable solutions for products, processes, and services that have the potential to change lives for millions of people in resource-constrained communities around the world. 

Students who wish to complete this track must complete the four following courses: 

Potential career opportunities for students who specialize in humanitarian engineering design include design engineer, program coordinator, production engineer, project manager, sustainability program manager, technical project manager, and field program director. Interaction.org has a large list of organizations that hire individuals with humanitarian engineering design skills.  

Design Your Future

Innovation involves taking things that exist and putting them together in a new way. Design your own path by defining your own DESIGN track by selecting nine credits of 500-level DESIGN courses and an additional 3-credit elective course approved by your adviser. Examples include, but are not limited to, Systems Design, Biological Systems Design, and Information Systems Design. 

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  • Contact
  • Nicholas Meisel
    Associate Director of Engineering Design Graduate Programs and Assistant Professor of Engineering Design
    213J Hammond Building
    nam20@psu.edu
    814-865-3163

 

 
 

About

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952