About IPD: History
- The IPD program was started in 1990 as a result of a meeting at Lehigh of industrial leaders gathered to help and advise the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics faculty on how to improve the quality of our graduates who plan to work in industry.
- In 1994 we launched our pilot which in 1996 received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers curriculum innovation award.
- From 1996 to 2001 the program received several large grants from alumni, foundations, state and local government for the development of infrastructure to support real-world, industry-sponsored projects.
- From its beginnings in 1990 IPD has grown to include over 300 students from fourteen majors work in 50 teams each academic year.
Photos from top to bottom: IPD Team working on the single fork bicycle suspension project (1998), Soda Sentry team at National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) annual meeting (2005).