Fundamentals of International Product Development and Design

Location of Program: Singapore      Year: 2012
Program Director(s): Robert Todd
Participating Major(s): All Engineering and Technology Majors


In conjunction with students from the National University of Singapore and Penn state, learn and apply aspects of global product design in an international environment culminating in a final design project for a product to be used in Singapore.

Recap of the Year:

Students attended class for 3 weeks and were exposed to a variety of topics including: the design process, designing for manufacturing, and designing for human variability. Throughout the 3 week program, students collaborated on international design teams and developed a product for use in Singaporean Urban Farming. Several trips to design firms were also made during the duration of the program. Among these firms were IDEO, HP-Singapore, Zircon, and Xentiq. These visits served to educate students on the role of product design and further broaden the understanding of the design process in general.