As the world becomes increasingly challenged by global warming and complex issues, the Faculty of Engineering has defined a new paradigm in education. An alternative learning pathway, the Design-Centric Programme (DCP) was launched in 2009, providing a platform for learning that brings together engineering, form, function, aesthetics, culture and lifestyle. In 2016, the DCP was enhanced with a dose of innovation and enterprise via the Innovation & Design-Centric Programme (iDCP). The iDCP gives students a broader scope to realize and capture value from their ideas. Through the design process, students learn to create solutions from multi-disciplinary perspectives. They are encouraged to challenge current assumptions of how people interact with products and to critically evaluate the ability of current products and services to serve the needs of people. Students adopt a user-centred approach to understand, visualise and describe users in the context of how people live, work and play. iDCP will take students further by allowing them to explore and plan business start-ups.
In 2017, the programme reached a third milestone. It was formalized as a Second Major and renamed as the Innovation & Design Programme (iDP). We are now open to students outside of Engineering, thus becoming a truly multi-disciplinary programme. We look forward to welcoming students from other parts of the NUS campus to join our students in their classes.
The second batch of Grand Challenge Scholars from NUS has completed the program and will be graduating this year!
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) aims to prepare students to be the generation taht solves the grand challenges facing society in this century. It is a program endorsed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the United States and is open to NUS students through the Innovation & Design Programme(iDP).
Mr Ong Eng Teck, head of the Space Orogramme Office at the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), was invited to give a talk entitled "Comparative Study of Different Classes of Electro-Optical Satellites" on 18 January 2018. The audience of about 50 students and staff included undergraduate students from the iDP, postgraduate students and faculty staff from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, research staff from the Satellite Technology Research Centre at NUS, as well as visitors from DSTA, ST Engineering, Centre for Quantum Technology at NUS, and the Satellite Research Centre at NTU.
In collaboration with Bossard, a leading industry player, the iDP organized a seminar on 10 January 2018 to provide awareness and appreciation of various fastener technologies in the industry among staff and students in the Faculty.
As part of the Faculty Safety & Health Promotional Campaign 2017, a facility and safety awareness tour of the Engineering Fabrication Workshop (E4-02-06) was organized by the iDP on 29 September 2017.