The Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation Program (EDI) teaches students to lead the design of future innovative products, services, and technologies. Our students are engineers who like to create new things, are comfortable with problems that are hard to pin down, and care about culture and contemporary context. We introduce them to design thinking, a process of user observation, visualization, rapid prototyping, and iteration. Learn more
Design Thinking Curriculum
Our unique curriculum has a laser focus on the integrated design process. You’ll blend analytical skills and creative thinking to develop whole-brain practical solutions for real problems.
From design consultancy to healthcare to technology, EDI alumni are creating change across industries. As engineers who deeply understand design innovation, they are ready to make a difference upon graduation.
Our emphasis on hands-on, team-based projects fosters interdisciplinary collaboration within the EDI program. As an EDI student, you’ll benefit from our strong ties to the community of design innovators at Northwestern, in the Chicago area, and beyond.
In-demand alumni: life after EDI
Our faculty, advisers, alumni, and current students hail from some of the top companies in the United States. Learn more about the leaders and innovators affiliated with our program.
With their thesis projects, EDI students take what they have learned in the classroom to solve a design problem. Under the mentorship of industry practioners, students apply human-centered design principles to address the needs of real people.
An energy-harvesting trekking pole designed for hikers and backpackers who bring their electronic devices into the backcountry
Charge your devices — even when you're off the grid.
An avid hiker, EDI graduate student Torey Kocsik wondered if she could passively power her electronic devices while walking in the backcountry.
A comprehensive virtual care system that brings healthcare to patients
Get the care you need without leaving your bed.
Four EDI students created a forward-thinking solution after Northwestern Medicine asked them to create a virtual care system that would increase the ability of its Primary Care Physicians to see more patients.
An app-based service that outsources laundry to Tide's own dry-cleaning facilities
Hate doing laundry? There’s an app for that.
When Procter & Gamble decided to re-imagine laundry, it looked no further than the EDI program to see what its students could design to make laundry a less tedious task.
Housed within the
Segal Design Institute
Our mission is to educate the next generation of synthetic thinkers and leaders — people who are able to move across domains and industries, identify convergences, and create impact through the lens of human-centered design. These thinkers are not generalists, but specialists of a different sort. They take a unified approach to solving problems, drawing on skills from engineering, social sciences, design, and management theory.
Learn more about the Segal Design Institute