ON-Lion Letter
In what may be the first collaboration of its kind in the nation, Marquette University's College of Engineering and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) are pursuing a collaborative curricular model that will excel in educating industrial-design and engineering students to further meet the multidisciplinary challenges of the global marketplace.

"No matter if I'm meeting with an engineering dean from South America or a CEO of a multinational engineering firm, it's clear the world faces complicated global challenges," said Robert H. Bishop, Opus Dean of Engineering at Marquette. "The partnership between Marquette and MIAD will help produce more creative and collaborative graduates with the skills needed to develop solutions for these pressing issues."

"Hundreds of the most competitive and renowned international companies based in the United States already recognize that the multidisciplinary traits of the modern world require cross-disciplinary solutions; especially creative, sophisticated design solutions and a strategic interface between designers and engineers," said MIAD president Neil Hoffman.

The new program hopes to build on the success of the seven-year, semester-based collaboration between Marquette's biomedical-engineering students and MIAD's industrial-design students, along with the two institutions' longstanding partnerships with leading industries.  The curriculum will be completed in two years, with initial implementation slated for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports the curriculum's development.
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