Activities & Events

Students participate in a number of activities and events throughout the academic year, both formal and informal. The program hosts public lectures and program socials, while students organize group outings. In addition to working closely together, students are encouraged to engage and network beyond the program given the amazing variety of groups and events happening all across campus.

A group of 5 students and faculty members speaking on a panel at the Sert Council in San Francisco.

Upcoming Events

A professor pointing up to a wall full of pinned student work as a group is looking up and listening.

MDE Virtual Open House

Join us on October 24 to learn more about the program.

MDE Public Lectures

During both years, students attend guest lectures given by innovators and leaders in business, government, design, and engineering. These talks, whether public or private to the MDE group, invite interaction with speakers, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from the larger Harvard community. Past speakers include:

A young boy preparing to toss two paper airplanes while an adult in a suit explains instructions behind him.

John Collins

“The Paper Airplane Guy”

Dana Cho of IDEO gesturing with her hands at the podium during an MDE lecture.

Dana Cho


SEAS Executive Dean Fawwaz Habbal stands at a podium introducing former NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle at an MDE speaking event.

Yvonne Cagle


Harry West of frog gesturing with his hands at the podium during an MDE lecture.

Harry West


Headshot of Emmanuel Adegboye.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji & Emmanuel Adegboye

Future Africa & Utopia Lagos

A birdseye view of a winged drone flying over a town in a tropical climate.

Sameh Wahba

World Bank

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