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Class of 2016 graduates from EDI Program

Segal Design Institute proudly celebrated the newest graduates from our Master of Science Program in Engineering Design Innovation.

The students participated in the Master's Degree Recognition and PhD Hooding Ceremony that was part of the Winter Commencement hosted by the McCormick School of Engineering on Saturday, December 10, 2016. (Please visit this page on graduation day for a video recording of the ceremony.)

The ceremony in the Ryan Family Auditorium in the Technological Institute included a speech by Dennis Chookaszian, former chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies and a Northwestern University alumnus. Afterwards, the EDI graduates and their families returned to the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center for a luncheon with faculty and staff from the Segal Design Institute.

Amy O'Keefe, the Associate Director of the Master of Science in EDI program, and Ed Colgate, Director of the Master of Science in EDI program, recognized each member of the cohort individually with memories and reflections about their experience in the program.

"EDI ’16 is a really special group of people," said O'Keefe. "Each student in the cohort generously shares the depth and breadth of their individual talents to support and accelerate their peers’ learning. I have enjoyed seeing the quality of their team and individual project work soar as they’ve evolved into a high-functioning team. We’re delighted to see them embark on new challenges in design innovation."

The graduates are headed in many different directions now that they are leaving Northwestern. During the EDI program, the students learned how to address design problems using a human-centered approach. Amelia Fish, a mechanical engineer who came to Northwestern after three years working at Air Products & Chemicals, will apply what she learned to her next role at 3M.

"My favorite part of EDI has been developing a solid understanding of the why, rather than just the how in my approach to solving engineering and design challenges. I will be heading to 3M in Minneapolis after EDI, where I will be working as a senior user experience designer for their Healthcare business," Fish said. "I am looking forward to bring a human-centered perspective to their efforts in using digital products and connected devices to improve the healthcare industry."

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