Program for Enhanced Design Experience (PEDE)

Senior engineering students work in conjunction with engineers from industry or government and University of Iowa faculty members on a design project. The goal is for students to gain experience in the design process, honing their skills in design conceptualization, prototyping, testing and evaluation, and production. Students gain first-hand experience in solid modeling, finite element analysis, dynamic simulation, and cost analysis. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, including written reports and periodic oral presentations. Since its creation in 1994, the Program for Enhanced Design Experience has built strong ties between students, professors, industry, and others outside academia.

PEDE - This is a joint effort between the University of Iowa and industrial firms or government to enhance the design experience of undergraduate engineering students at The University of Iowa. The purpose of PEDE is to enhance the design experience of undergraduate engineers by having them work together with area industries and others on real-world design projects.      


  1. Gain experience by working directly with an industrial firm, governmental agency, or other business while taking senior-level engineering courses.
  2. Work with real-life design and product development projects that are scheduled for production.
  3. Work with modern information technology, such as solid modeling and visualization tools.
  4. Work with advanced computational tools, such as finite element, dynamics, and process simulation software.
  5. Are exposed to the business and marketing dynamics of real world applications.
  6. Enhance personal skills, such as managing time effectively, developing project management skills, achieving milestones of the project, and making decisions.
  7. Are in a position to assume more responsibilities in an industrial, government, or other business environment upon graduation.

PEDE involves:

  1. Jump-Start Week (JSW), which is designed to: (a) bring students to a high level of awareness of the operations at the firm/agency; (b) introduce students to the personnel at the firm/agency; (c) introduce students to the design project and engineers; and (d) initiate the design process. JSW is held the week before the start of classes for the fall semester, and students spend the entire week at the firm/agency.
  2. Students working on the design project for nine months.
  3. Students receiving six hours of academic credit for two semesters.
  4. Students receiving stipends for JSW and for their efforts over winter and spring breaks.
  5. Students working closely with faculty and industry engineers.


  • Advanced Infoneering Inc.
  • Alcoa
  • Allsteel
  • Emerson
  • John Deere
  • Maytag
  • Pella
  • Rockwell Collins
  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • University of Iowa Facilities Management
  • U.S.Navy
  • Oral-B

MIE Design Project Lab
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
1307 SC
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242