Real-world engineering experiences that integrate multidisciplinary design solutions and deliver results.
The O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory (a.k.a. the Design Lab) at Rensselaer provides clinical real-world experiences for students that build confidence and teaches integration of discipline-specific knowledge with practice on challenging multidisciplinary design projects. The Design Lab process provides a culminating experience intended to prepare students to enter the workforce. The projects are open-ended, technically challenging design problems that encompass a broad array of important contemporary issues. In addition to defining an important problem, sponsors provide a significant grant and interact directly with the students, faculty and staff who work to provide design solutions.