The M.S. in Design + Innovation is pending approval from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

The proposed Master of Science in Design + Innovation program will be an interdisciplinary degree combining science, economics, creativity and innovation. It will be a collaboration between the College of Engineering, School of Human Ecology, School of Business, the Art Department within the School of Education, and the Information School in the College of Letters and Science. The degree will prepare students to solve “wicked problems” by providing them with a robust set of design thinking strategies and tools from multiple perspectives (social science, business, engineering, art, user experience, social impact, etc.), as well as the opportunity to practice these techniques with hands-on, real-world projects. Graduates will be equipped to work across disciplines and innovate in their respective field. The program will be comprised of 30 credits, which include 18 required core credits and 12 elective credits. Completion time will be 12 months.  If approved, the program will begin enrolling students in Summer 2020. 

Lee DeBaillie, College of Engineering, Academic Program Director

Kristin R. Eschenfelder, Information School (iSchool), College of Letters and Science, Professor and Director

Sara Hladilek, College of Engineering, Graduate Student Services Coordinator

John Hitchcock, Art, School of Education, Professor, Associate Dean for the Arts

Michelle Kwasny, School of Human Ecology, Academic Program Director

Christopher C. Luzzio, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Associate Professor

Dennis A. Miller, Art, School of Education, Professor

Meghan Marie Mitchell, Art, School of Education, Associate Professor

Mark Nelson, Design Studies, School of Human Ecology, Professor

Robert G. Radwin, Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, Professor

Lennon P. Rodgers, College of Engineering, Director of Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab

Lesley H. Sager, Design Studies, School of Human Ecology, Faculty Associate

John Surdyk, Management and Human Resources, School of Business, Director of the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community

Karl Joseph Williamson, College of Engineering, Shop Manager