IPD is essentially my capstone project. It is detailed on Lehigh’s website in the following way
IPD is a set of courses that allows students from any college at Lehigh to work with students from other disciplines on a real-world industry-sponsored project. Each project team has an advisor and, together with an industry mentor, follows a proven process. The process begins with identifying a problem and from there formulates it into a business opportunity. The process encourages innovative ideas to generate creative solutions. The program provides the resources to fabricate, build and test the best solution for technical, social, economic and personal relevance and value. Undergraduates can spend two or three semesters on this project.
What my team is specifically doing can’t be shared on the internet, because our sponsor plans to go to market with her product. There is potentially intellectual property in what we my team has done. The process started spring of last year with a fair of sponsors pitching their products. Our sponsor is Lauren Villaverde who was in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program last year. She is fortunately still on campus and we are able to keep close contact with her. The first semester of this project included Supply Chain Business majors, but the second semester is more technical and we are down to a team of four Mechanical Engineers.
Our project has turned heavily into developing a manufacturing process, which is something I am interested in pursuing after school. My project has not been as technically challenging as other projects, but I think our team is satisfied with our progress.