IPPD Director - Keith Stanfill

R. Keith Stanfill, P.E.Keith Stanfill holds the academic rank of Engineer and serves as the Director of the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) Program for the University of Florida (UF) Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. He received his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from UF in 1985, 1991 and 1995, respectively. He joined the UF Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty in 1999 as the IPPD Associate Director and was promoted to IPPD Director in 2001. In Fall 2013, he joined the Engineering Innovation Institute.

IPPD is an experiential multidisciplinary design program where teams of students complete real projects for sponsoring companies and agencies. Dr. Stanfill has recruited over 300 industry-sponsored projects and directed the efforts of over 1900 senior-level engineering and business students for the IPPD program. In 2003, he helped create the Integrated Technology Ventures (ITV) program and serves as Chair of the ITV Board of Directors. The ITV program exposes students to the realities of technology start-up companies while assisting UF researchers in commercializing their technological innovations. Virtual companies comprised of engineering, business, and law students identify market opportunities, develop business plans, and produce prototype systems. Each ITV team is led by an experienced entrepreneurial CEO and features hands-on guidance from engineering, business, and law faculty.

Prior to joining UF, Dr. Stanfill spent ten years with United Technologies where he designed fighter aircraft gas turbine hardware for Pratt & Whitney, served as a key resource to the Carrier Corporation New Product Development Council Steering Committee, facilitated Design for X (DFx) workshops internationally, developed business process linkages between new product development and lean manufacturing, and developed and implemented manufacturing systems software. His interests include technology transfer, product development, design education, DFx, and entrepreneurship.

He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Institute for Industrial Engineers, the UF Faculty Senate, the UF Sustainability Committee, and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Faculty Council. He is the faculty advisor for the UF Men’s Soccer Club and for the Engineering Leadership Council. He has served on the organizing committee for the 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Capstone Design Conference. He volunteers his time as a judge in the Alachua Region Science and Engineering Fair and the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium, as well as serving as the booster club president and volunteer goalkeeper coach for the Buchholz High School Lady Bobcats soccer team.

About IPPD

The Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) Program is an innovative educational initiative at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering of the University of Florida (UF). 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.

More information at the IPPD Program website