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Why EDI?

The Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation Program (EDI) teaches you to lead the design of future innovative products, services, and technologies. EDI 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. At EDI, we introduce you to design thinking, a process of user observation, visualization, rapid prototyping, and iteration. Learn more

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Design Thinking

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.

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EDI Impact

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.

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Design Community

Our emphasis 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.

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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.

Meet our people

James Wildeedi ALUMNUS

UX Researcher and Designer at DISH Network

EDI empowered me to shift my focus from physical product design into a broader view of the entire user experience. As a result, I'm a more well-rounded experience designer and am able to have more positive impact on our users.

Olivia Chingedi ALUMNA

Packaging Product Design Engineer at Apple

I learned how to separate feelings of failure from the valuable lessons that failures teach. During my time in EDI, I developed the confidence and drive to welcome unexpected results and continue to grow as a person and designer.

Claire McCloskeyedi ALUMNA

User Experience Designer at IBM

The EDI program was characterized by 15 months surrounded by the most talented, bright, driven, and inspiring individuals I have ever met. Solving countless problems with innovative solutions has provided my peers and I with the tools and strategies to live a successful personal and professional life.

Jonathan Crowedi ALUMNUS

Product Development Engineer, DiversiTech

The EDI program gave me the tools to reimagine the design process as an exploration of humans needs. Not only am I a better engineer, but I am now confident in my ability to change the world.

Stephen Arlingtonedi ALUMNUS

Service Designer at Booz Allen Hamilton

During my time in the EDI program, I was encouraged to explore, experiment, and build at the intersection of human-centered design, engineering, and business strategy. The people, methods, and tools I worked with cultivated my entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude for connecting disciplines to create better human experiences and services.

Kiley Coombeedi ALUMNA

UX Design Researcher at Motorola Mobility

Being a part of EDI allowed me to try out different careers, like being a product designer or an interaction designer, to better understand what aspect of design I wanted to pursue.

Ellie Pearlmanedi ALUMNA

Medical Student

I want to bring design straight to the hands of patients and clinicians in the world of healthcare in a dynamic way that these people deserve. EDI has given me the skill set and determination to unapologetically work towards this goal.

News from EDI

IDI Design Challenge

Designing for Inclusion

During the IDI Design Challenge, students from EDI teamed up with graduate students from peer programs to design prototypes to help people with differing abilities navigate urban areas.

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2017 EDI Thesis Show

Growth on Display

On December 8 at the Ford Engineering Design Center, graduate students displayed their projects at the 2017 EDI Thesis Show, the culmination of the students' 18-month academic journey.

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Jim Wicks

EDI Names New Director

The EDI program has announced Jim Wicks as the new Director of the EDI program. Wicks has been a leader in bringing user-centered design innovation to the technology sector.

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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.
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