The first semester studio is a project-based introduction to a range of ideas, methods, and techniques essential for the design engineer. In the studio, students learn through making. This year, students will develop two independent half-semester projects around the topics of telepresence and telehealth:
1) Data and Design Research. Students will develop, in groups of two, an interactive digital tool for strategic analysis and decision support. Students will also define their own methodologies for design research and iterative design production.
(2) Product Design. Students will develop, in groups of three, a telemedicine product including physical, digital, and augmented reality prototyping.
Every three weeks, as part of studio time, all first-year MDE students will convene for "Debating Design," a series of roundtables when two outside speakers present short vignettes addressing topics in design engineering, followed by an open discussion with faculty and students.
This studio is limited to first-year students enrolled in the Master in Design Engineering program, a collaborative degree associated with the Harvard GSD and SEAS.