Student Testimonials

IPRO was an amazing experience that allowed me to go out and change people’s lives through the work of our team. I went down to Peru, and I actually built a rocket stove and showed villagers how to build it themselves.

— David Curtin (Chemistry, ‘08) IPRO 325: Designing Affordable Solutions for the World’s Rural Poor

I really wanted to see someone actually use the device we were designing, and that happened in the second semester of the project.

— Ifeany Nnadi (Business, ’08) IPRO 310: Assisting the Blind and Visually Impaired in Exercise

The IPRO Program afforded me the opportunity to be able to interact with people of many different majors, so that I could learn things from courses they had taken and experiences they had.

— Edward Suda, (Architecture, ’09) EnPRO 354: Conveying Emotions Wirelessly

In IPRO, I’m not just answering the questions professors are giving me, I’m learning how to come up with new ideas
and to be a leader.

— Thomas Hotz (Mechanical Engineering, ’10) IPRO 341: Product Design, Testing and Market Development (sponsored by Versatility Tool Works)

IPRO is the first time when we get hit with certain aspects like cost, time, and ease of manufacturing. Even though an idea may seem logical it may not be practical; even though an idea will work it may not be efficient. It seems very overwhelming at first; it is like nothing we have seen before.

— Carlos Sardi (Mechanical Engineering, ’10) IPRO 309: Orthotics & Prosthetics for Latin America

If, as an engineer, you can’t recognize contributions from other people with different specialties, then you can’t really work productively with a team. Through IPROs, students learn to figure out things outside of their major because they have to. This means later on in life, they won’t have to confront their employer and say, ‘I haven’t learned this’ or ‘this isn’t part of my job description.’

— Mary DeRoo (Electrical Engineering, ’10) IPRO 344: Planning for Human Implantation of a Cortical Visual Prosthesis

This is really about creating your own solution, not rewriting someone else’s solution.

— Robert Boyer (Biomedical Engineering, ’10) IPRO 333: FabLab at the Museum of Science and Industry