Design Project

In order to graduate from IEM, each student is required to practice innovation through a product development, startup company, or implementation of a new technology. Students are given set parameters but are allowed to choose their own project. We then guide them through a completion process that requires them to practice and demonstrate competency in leadership, innovation, and technology.

Many of our students use this opportunity to try their hand at entrepreneurship, and a few go on to develop profitable and functional companies from this assignment. Below are just a few examples of companies that were started as a result of the IEM Design Project.

Startup Companies Based on Design Projects

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MRuns is a website by runners for runners. Catering to the established marathon runner, MRuns also encourages individuals new to the sport. With articles ranging from advice about fitness to connecting would-be runners with resources to get started, this site is all about running.

Suman Silwal '10

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Hometown Family Medicine

Hometown Family Medicine's mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventive basis. We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our own family members. We work together to serve your entire family for your medical needs in all stages of life. Our providers believe in providing comprehensive health care services to our patients in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We also believe in educating our patients as we work with them to achieve the best physical state possible.

Bart Blakely '15

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Braintrust Consulting Group

The Braintrust Consulting Group provides complete project management solutions for a wide range of software-related projects. Their vast experience combined with innovative project management model allows them to create customized solutions for each client. They blend People, Processes, Tools, and Training into one seamless formula to help clients break through obstacles, improve processes, meet deadlines, and exceed goals.

Brian Rabon '06