The School of Design has a long history of successful collaborations with businesses, non-profits, and academic partners. We recognize that an important part of a rich learning experience is participating in real life projects brought to the table by organizations interested in leveraging design thinking and problem-solving processes. For our sponsors, compensation comes from the innovative ideas that emerge in response to their research problems.
In these classroom-based research projects, our students work directly with clients on a wide variety of meaningful problems, from envisioning the car of the future to exploring the impact of mobility and social media.
Project duration can vary from part of a semester (3 to 7 weeks) to a full semester (15 weeks) to a full year (or even multiple years.) A project may engage a full class or an independent team of a just few students and faculty members. Both undergraduate and graduate students participate.
School of Design research has been sponsored by organizations such as:
- General Motors
- Proctor & Gamble
- Innovation Works
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Qatar National Research Fund
- Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance
- US Department of Transit
- Fine Foundation
- The Heinz Endowments
- Hillman Foundation
- Iota Phi Foundation
- Kaufmann Foundation
- MacArthur Foundation
Want to become a research sponsor? Contact the School of Design office at 412-268-2828.