What can you do with an ISD degree?
Over the last twenty years, ISD has conferred over 2,500 degrees to engineers and leaders who are testing the boundaries of their fields while maintaining the rigor and work ethic instilled during their time at Michigan.
Today's work is defined by problems that are highly complex and socially relevant. these difficult challenges require exceptional leaders who are skilled in multidisciplinary, integrative design, and systems thinking. ISD graduates are these leaders, testing and breaking boundaries with the rigor and work ethic instilled in them by their time at Michigan.
Watch to experience the career paths of these graduates:
Alex Burnap - Doctor of Philosophy in Design Science (class of 2016)
Sean Ryan - Master of Engineering in Manufacturing (class of 2016)
Graduate, Doctor of Philosophy in Design Science
Design Science PhD graduate Alex Burnap is taking crowdsourcing to the next level. As part of an interdisciplinary team spanning mechanical engineering, statistics, psychology, and computer science, Alex studied methods of crowdsourced evaluation for design processes – and their limitations – in order to better understand end-user preferences.
Entitled Crowdsourcing for Engineering Design: Subjective Preferences and Objective Evaluations, Alex's dissertation focused on the methods of crowdsourced evaluation for design processes in order to better understand end-user preferences. To learn more about his work, watch Alex discuss the fundamentals of his research with ISD chair Panos Papalambros in this 5-minute video.
Graduate, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing
Not only has the recent ISD graduate landed a position at Detroit Diesel Corporation, where he'll start full-time this fall, but Sean has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, one of two American swimmers set to compete in the open-water 10km. Considering his high level of achievement, it's no surprise that the Manufacturing Engineering alumnus delivered inspiring remarks at ISD's 2016 graduation reception.
"All of the graduates in this room could have sat back content with a bachelor's degree," Sean said. "However, we all wanted to gain more knowledge and further our education, striving to become experts in our area of study. In every way."
After graduating from U-M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Sean—a four-year member of the varsity swim team—pressed on both in the water and in the classroom, a dogged ambition that resulted in profound athletic and professional success.
"Although I have made the Olympic team, I am continually training in an attempt to win an Olympic medal," Sean added. "I'm ready to attack the new challenges of joining industry. I challenge each of the graduates here to join me: never settling for anything that is not your best, and relentlessly striving to be the leader and best in every way."