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Dr. Patsy Brackin working with a female student

Engineering Design

Our engineering design program offers an intensive hands-on education taught by experienced professors from both engineering and the humanities and social sciences. The program is designed to teach students the depth and breadth of the design process along with the necessary technical tools and professional skills to improve the world we live in.

Program Overview

An engineering design degree opens the door to various positions in industry and graduate school. Your experience with client-focused design, prototyping, and professional skills will allow you to contribute to companies in any phase of the design process: identification of stakeholder needs, concept generation, feasibility studies, risk analysis, detail design, manufacturing, testing, validation, maintenance, and product lifecycle analysis. 

The engineering design curriculum will prepare you through repeated, intensive design experiences with real clients--from your first quarter on campus to your senior year. You'll participate in authentic design experiences and practice professional skills while you gain a broad understanding of modeling systems across disciplines, and become familiar with rapid prototyping, computer-aided design, machine shop techniques, electrical circuits and software programming languages. During your second year, you'll choose an area of concentration and learn the process of on-boarding into existing projects as you work with seniors one quarter and freshmen another.

Junior year, you'll participate in two 20-week practicums and delve into the design process in your concentration area. The third year curriculum is structured to allow for international project and/or cooperative work experiences. Your senior year, you'll complete your concentration and participate in a year-long, multidisciplinary capstone design experience.

Areas of Concentration 

Biomedical Engineering
Software Engineering
Manufacturing

New concentrations may be added by request.


Design Studio in Action

In our pilot program for this exciting new major, freshman biomedical engineering students applied engineering design principles to help a local non-profit by making a classic game more accessible for people with low vision and impaired motor skills.

Watch this video to see the team talk about their design studio experience, what they learned, and how it felt to make a difference through this real-world project. 

"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 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.
Patsy Brackin

Patricia Brackin

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.