Integrated Product and Process Design
The Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) Program is an innovative educational initiative at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. In weekly classes spanning two consecutive academic semesters (eight months), students from various engineering and business disciplines are taught how to design products and processes. Then, working in small multidisciplinary teams under the guidance of faculty coaches and industrial liaison engineers, the students design, build and test an industrial product, software application, or manufacturing process to specifications established in collaboration with the sponsoring company.
IPPD is institutionalized at UF and since its launch in 1995, more than 400 industry-sponsored multidisciplinary projects have been completed, with the participation of more than 2,000 students and 50 faculty coaches, and hundreds of company sponsor liaison engineers. IPPD was designed from day one to be an outstanding experiential education program that would span the classroom, laboratory and industrial workplace. The educational goals include learning how to:
- design, build and test a real product following industry best practices
- function in a multidisciplinary team
- complete projects on time and within budget
IPPD is a premiere capstone design experience for undergraduates at UF and is recognized nationally as a top multidisciplinary capstone design program.