Integrative Systems + Design (ISD)
Engineering is critically important in today’s technology-driven society. Globalization, changing demographics, and rapidly evolving technologies are dramatically altering the nature of engineering practice, demanding broader skills than just the mastery of scientific and technological disciplines. These complex challenges call for an integrative approach that goes beyond a deep expertise in a single discipline and that blends engineering with the behavioral, business, and social sciences. Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) addresses these challenges by providing versatile, interdisciplinary educational programs for lifelong learning, including graduate degrees, short courses, and certificates, with emphasis on systems and design thinking. ISD’s programs horizontally integrate disciplinary knowledge across traditional fields of engineering with business and leadership skills. An important element is the capstone project that students complete individually or in teams, locally or through virtual global collaborations. Sponsoring companies offer project topics and work is conducted under faculty supervision. For students without significant work experience, the capstone project can be expanded into a practicum, a 3- to 6-month-long work-study at the sponsor’s location guided by a faculty member and a local mentor. ISD programs are offered on campus and some degrees are also available through online learning, creating a diverse learning community of students on campus and at locations around the world. ISD offers five master’s degree programs that can be completed entirely online. They are taught by the same U-M faculty using the same syllabi and offering the same content that is available to students on the Ann Arbor campus. ISD’s graduates possess deep strengths in their engineering discipline, greater breadth in relevant engineering and science, and the ability to lead and innovate technical and design solutions for complex systems in a wide range of organizations and industries. Please visit the ISD website at isd.engin.umich.edu.
Division Chair, Integrative Systems + Design
Professor Panos Papalambros
2210 SI-North 1075 Beal Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112
Director of Academic Programs and Outreach
2401 Plymouth Rd, Suite A-B
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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