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"Classes planned for 2017-18"

IPD classes will work with Baxter, the Order of Saint Francis (OSF) Healthcare, and CAT in 2018-19.
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Three IPD's for 2012-13
The IPD course is expanding again to include a new section incorporating Bioengineering. This means that there will be three sections of IPD in 2012-13, incorporating Bioengineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Information available for prospective students for IPD in 2012-13.
Registration is open for the IPD course starting Fall 2011. Information for interested engineering students can be found here.

UIC Again Makes Business Week's List of Top D-Schools

Business Week has again ranked UIC among its 60 top design programs in the world citing its interdisciplinary work. The ranking seeks the most innovative design and business programs around the globe. Read the full report.

Dell and Cobra to Sponsor IPD in 2010-11
The IPD course will work with two sponsors for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dell Electronics returns for a second year in a row, and Cobra Electronics, another repeat customer, returns as well. The interdisciplinary of the course will be strengthened as mechanical and electrical and computer engineering students work side by side in both sections.

IPD Class in BusinessWeek
The IPD course was praised in the BusinessWeek Innovation Blog in a posting by Michael Arndt on September 15, 2009. Profs. Page and Cherian are interviewed, as well as Sally Washlow from Cobra Electronics.

Dell to Sponsor IPD Class in 2009-2010
Dell Electronics will sponsor the IPD class in 2009-2010. Engineering students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will participate.

UIC Design BFA Show to be held at the Innovation Center
May 8, 2009, 6:30 PM
Students graduating from our BFA programs in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Electronic Visualization will hold their year-end exhibitions from 6:30-9:00 on Friday, May 8th at the UIC Innovation Center.

Linda Pulik to Speak at Innovation Center
March 12, 2009, 6:00 PM
Linda Pulik received a Master of Design in Human-Centered Product Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design; and a Bachelor of Science in Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology from the University of Calgary.
With an interest in social impact work, Pulik founded Bao Design Lab, a nonprofit organization focused on designing affordable medical devices for clinics & hospitals in the developing world. Her activities in social impact work include design studies in Malawi, Uganda, and South Africa; a workshop with First Data/Western Union, Humana & Whirlpool Corporation that produced 39 new design concepts for emerging Mexican markets; and work with Ntl Progressive Health Network, Johannesburg, to develop health education material on HIC/AIDs for people with limited English.
Pulik has worked as a Design Consultant to Honeywell in Bangalore, India, and as Research Lead at PDT in Chicago. She currently teaches product design courses at the Institute of Design and she has presented research papers at Sustainable Design to Save the Earth, Bangkok; CII-NID Design Summit, Bangalore; MX Design, Mexico City; and About, With, and For, IIT ID, Chicago.

Alex Lobos to Speak at Innovation Center
March 05, 2009, 6:00 PM
Alex Lobos received his MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelor of Industrial Design from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala City. He has worked as an Industrial Designer for General Electric in Louisville, Kentucky, where he worked in the Home Appliances division and in academic collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. As a Design Advisor for the Instituto de Investigacion de Diseno in Guatemala City, Lobos formed a connection between the design community and the Guatemmalan Prison System whereby designers and inmates worked together in the developing and selling furniture products.
Lobos is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at UIUC where he teaches at all levels in the industrial design program. He also taught for 7 years at the Universidad Rafael Landivar where he was named professor of the Year in 2001. In 2002, Lobos was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship. He says of his academic research: "My current design research addresses a vartiation of user-centered design that focuses on the multiple contexts that users experience in their daily lives. I like to call this research context-adaptive design."

Innovation Center featured in Fall 2008 Engineering News
The October 2008 issue of UIC's Engineering News includes a feature article on the Innovation Center and the IPD program.
Download the entire issue

Melamed to Lead Panel at IDSA
Stephen Melamed, Clincal Professor of Industrial Design, will be leading a panel discussion on the topic of "Educational Entrepreneurs" which will highlight UIC's Interdisciplinary Product Development program (IPD) and the new UIC Innovation Center at Polar Opposites, The IDSA National Conference.
Panelists include: Frank Tyneski, Executive Director IDSA; William Maes, Motorola; John Sproats, Global Design Search (UK), formerly of Whirlpool Innovation Group, and Victoria Matranga, InternationalHousewares Manufacturers Association.

"Super Innovator"
Read about the lecture at University of Chicago Summer 2008

Chicago Named Top Design City in RMJM Hillier Study
Read the study

UIC Chosen as One of the Top Design Schools in the World
Read the Full BusinessWeek Article