Design Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering educates the next generation of engineering innovators, design thinkers and impact makers who will be leaders in defining and solving problems.

Design Engineering is for students who have a passion to make a positive impact on societal and environmental needs on a local, national and international scale; want a flexible degree structure, allowing them to follow their individual interests; and design engineering expertise as a foundation to pursue further academic studies or careers in law, medicine, engineering innovation, economics or policy.

DESIGN ENGINEERING IS MORE THAN AN ENGINEERING DEGREE

 

The Design Engineering program’s focus provides hands-on experiences from the start of your education, including working on real-world challenges in interdisciplinary teams and mastering all phases of problem definition, concept generation and solution implementation.

Earning a DE at Mines means you will develop deep expertise in integrative design, which enables you to bridge traditional problem- solving approaches to engineering, creative design and social sciences.

DE features

  • The strength of a Mines technical degree with coursework in the fundamentals of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Education in integrative design, bridging technical, creative and contextual problem solving;
  • A diverse set of hands-on project experiences, culminating in a two- semester, client-sponsored Capstone design project;
  • A range of focus areas that allow you to apply your design skills to a specific area of practice.

CONTACT US

Chelsea Salinas
Director of Design Engineering UG Program
303.384.2290

csalinas@mines.edu

Dean Nieusma
EDS Department Head
303.273.3322

nieusma@mines.edu

DE FOCUS AREAS

Explore the variety of focus areas through theme and designated curricular flowcharts below:

INDIVIDUALIZED FOCUS AREA

DEGREE QUALITIES:

  • Projects and coursework supports student passions
  • Integrative design as the primary instructional approach
  • Career preparation beyond traditional engineering
  • Program flexibility allows students to chart their own paths

Competencies:

  • Technical engineering
  • Creative design problem solving
  • Social contexts and sustainability
  • Systems scale innovation
  • Professional skills: leadership, entrepreneurship, concept visualization and interdisciplinary collaboration
Stickies

INTEGRATIVE DESIGN STUDIOS

The core of the DE curriculum is Mines’ signature integrative design studios—a sequence of project- based design studios that integrate technical, creative and contextual aspects of the design challenge. These studios provide design methodologies that apply broadly to technical problem solving and span all of the program’s focus areas. A human-centered design perspective incorporates social, political, environmental and economic dimensions of the design context, leading to more meaningful solutions.

 

 

 

LIFE AFTER MINES

DE graduates can chart their own futures. They will be technically skilled, experienced with innovating problem solving in real-world contexts, able to collaborate across diverse disciplines and ready to lead and innovate in any organizational setting.

In addition to traditional engineering or design careers in technology and product-based industries, DE graduates are ideal candidates for roles in NGOs, start- ups and government agencies, and they are uniquely suited to contribute technical design expertise to the fields of healthcare, policy, law and finance.

Design • Innovate • Impact Your World