Facilities and Resources

The MDE program provides access to resources at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). This includes studio space, fabrication labs, libraries, and faculty. Beyond SEAS and the GSD, students have access to a number of resources within the Harvard community.

MDE Studio Fall 2016

MDE studio space, Maxwell-Dworkin, SEAS

"Anything is possible. We just have to make it happen. We have an incredible wealth of resources. The difficult part is prioritizing."

- Karen Su, MDE '18 -


FabLab GSDGSD Fabrication Lab - The Fabrication Lab features a wide range of equipment, from robotic arms, CNC routers and miling machines, 3D printers, and laser cutters, to a well-equipped shop for wood- and metal-working. The lab is structured as an open environment for material-based learning and research, using a wide range of materials, including foam, wood, metal and plastics, as well as composite and smart materials. Scale models and full-size prototypes are produced by students and faculty.


Active Learning LabSEAS Active Learning Labs - SEAS emphasizes the need for hands-on engineering experience and student design projects. The Active Learning Labs and the related machine shops in the Physics Department support students by providing access to and training on state-of-the-art instrumentation and advanced fabrication tools. This includes facilities and labs for mechanical, biomedical, environmental, computer, and electrical engineering.


Bakker Ceramic WorkGSD Research, Design Labs, and Centers - At the GSD, research and teaching go hand in hand. The school houses a number of design labs that offer pro-seminar courses, build shared databases, and generate public forums and publications. Research centers and programs offer further engagement opportunities for qualified students. The GSD also collaborates with metaLAB, a program of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.


SEAS RobotSEAS Research, Centers, and Initiatives - Members of SEAS carry out research in multiple areas (bioengineering, materials, applied physics, etc.), and collaborate with colleagues throughout the university. In addition, SEAS is closely linked with a variety of multidisciplinary and innovative education and research institutes, centers, and initiatives.