Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) Program focuses on technical entrepreneurship through experiential learning. We use the new product development process as a means to the end of preparing our students to lead companies in creativity, innovation and the commercialization of intellectual property. Students who have participated in IPD find that their experiences are invaluable once they have entered the workplace.
The IPD capstone course sequence is the culmination of experiential learning where students work in cross-disciplinary teams with faculty and senior peer mentors, as well as with mentors from both established and local start-up companies through sponsored partnerships. These partnerships form the backbone on which IPD establishes the interdisciplinary teams and the curricula focusing on experiential learning through product and process development. The award-winning IPD program, expanding since 1994, counts among its ranks about 400 industry sponsored projects and almost 3,000 student participants. Each year IPD offers this two course sequence to approximately 200 students for a total of 5 or 6 credits that are co-listed under engineering, business, and design.
Undergraduates can spend two or three semesters on this project and this experience can be continued into a Masters of Engineering or Masters in Technical Entrepreneurship in IPD.