MDE students complete collaborative and individual projects during their time in the program. In first-year studio, students work within a year-long theme, and in the second year, they undertake an Independent Design Engineering Project (IDEP). Across both the first and second year of the program, students are expected to develop and prototype practical solutions to complex problems. Both studio projects and IDEP's receive program funding.
Across all projects, stakeholder engagement is emphasized so that work is grounded in real-world problem-solving that positively impacts society and individual communities. Engagement ranges from interviews and home visits with new mothers (emma), to user testing and surveys (Urdu Project), and beyond. Projects are reviewed and critiqued by faculty, as well as visiting professionals and content experts.