Program for Enhanced Design Experience

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PEDE - a joint effort between the University of Iowa and industrial firms to enhance the design experience of undergraduate engineering students at The University of Iowa. The purpose of the PEDE is to enhance the design experience of undergraduate engineers by having them work together with area industries on real-world design projects.

Students:

  1. Gain experience by working directly with an industrial firm while taking senior-level engineering courses.
  2. Work with real-life design and product development projects that are scheduled for production.
  3. Work with modern information technology, such as solid modeling and visualization tools.
  4. Work with advance computational tools, such as finite element, dynamics, and process simulation software.
  5. Are exposed to the business and marketing dynamics of an industrial firm.
  6. Enhance personal skills, such as managing time effectively, developing project management skills, achieving milestones of the project, and making decisions.
  7. Are in a position to assume more responsibilities in an industrial environment upon graduation.

PEDE involves:

  1. Jump-Start Week (JSW) designed to (a) bring the students to a high level of awareness of the operations at the firm, (b) introduce the students to the personnel at the firm, (c) introduce the students to the design project and engineers, and (d) initiate the design process. JSW is held the week before the start of classes for the fall semester and the students spend the entire week at the firm.
  2. Students working on the design project for nine months.
  3. Students receiving six hours of academic credit for two semesters.
  4. Students receiving stipends for JSW and for their efforts over winter and spring breaks.
  5. Students working closely with faculty and industry engineers.

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PEDE Design Lab

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

G130 SC

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa City 52242

Ph: 319-384-0883

Fax: 319-335-5669

Email: Albert-Ratner@uiowa.edu