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Our program gives you hands-on education taught by experienced professors from the engineering, social science, and humanities disciplines. You'll understand the depth and breadth of the design process while mastering the technical tools and professional skills to improve the world.

Designing the Future

As an engineering design major, you'll tackle design challenges for real-world clients beginning your first quarter on campus. In fact, you'll experience six different design studios by your junior year. 

Engineering Design is perfectly suited for today's rapidly changing, global job market. You'll gain critical communication skills, a global perspective, and a comprehensive engineering education, setting you up for a rewarding career in any field. 

You'll also be perfectly placed to choose an academic minor to complement your education, especially in the humanities, social sciences and the arts, enhancing your ability to address the world's biggest problems. 

Watch this short video to learn more about our Engineering Design program.


Some specifics:

  • You’ll gain an understanding of modeling systems, rapid prototyping, computer-aided design, machine shop techniques, electrical circuits, and software programming languages.
  • During your second year, you’ll choose an area of specialization and learn the process of on-boarding into existing projects when you work with upperclassmen.
  • In your junior year, you’ll participate in four professional work experiences without adding to the time it takes to graduate. The third-year curriculum is structured to allow for an international experience as well.
  • Careful planning of your humanities, social sciences, and arts electives will enable you to get minors in areas that are popular with Rose students – art, psychology, or a language.
  • During your senior year, you’ll complete your specialization and participate in a year-long, multidisciplinary capstone design experience.

Your specialization

Your specialization requires six engineering topics classes. You can choose to pursue a traditional minor at Rose or create your own path. Technical specializations that are popular are product design, and minors in computer science, entrepreneurship, electrical and computer engineering, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and robotics.  

New concentrations may be added with the approval of the Curriculum Committee.

View the Engineering Design brochure.

make the world a better place through design

As an Engineering Design major, you’ll develop expertise in product design, testing and analysis while working for real clients on authentic projects. Six design studio experiences, co-op and study abroad opportunities, and a multidisciplinary capstone project will prepare you to make the world a better place through design.

Design Studio in Action

Check out how students used their design studio experience to make a classic game more accessible for people with disabilities.

"Engineering design is definitely the wave of the future and will make Rose-Hulman graduates even more in demand by employers. The Engineering Design program allows young engineers to specialize in the aspects of product design that are best for them while still gaining the necessary skills to be a part of, and to lead a team of very mixed skills.”

Brian Dougherty
Director of Engineering, Rose-Hulman Ventures
BSEE 1993, MSEM 2000

Engineering Design Program featured on Glassboard Podcast

Check out this podcast featuring Dr. Patsy Brackin and a Rose-Hulman student talking about the Engineering Design Program!

Engineering Design Q&A

Have questions about our Engineering Design program? Check out this online chat session we held recently for prospective students to learn more about it.

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Dr. Patricia Brackin is director of Rose-Hulman's engineering design program. Her expertise is in design methodology, creativity and innovation. She spent 11 years as director of Rose-Hulman's Operation Catapult program, helping introduce high school seniors to the wonders of science and engineering. Before becoming a college professor, Dr. Brackin was a design engineer for Chicago Bridge and Iron. 

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