February 22, 2019

College of Engineering & Science celebrates MPD graduates

2018 MPD graduates with Dean Katy Snyder, Dr. Darrell Kleinke and Dr. David Pistrui

The College of Engineering & Science Graduate Tribute of the Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) was held Feb. 6. Ten students received their graduate degrees in front of family and friends in the Fountain Lounge in the Student Union.

Students complete the program's courses in a cohort-based sequence that encourages diversity and cross-learning. According to David Pistrui, director of Graduate Recruiting, the MPD program is unique in a number of ways that embody the ethos of University of Detroit Mercy. One of the highlights of the two-year program involves a two-week kickoff experience coupled with an intensive course over the initial two weeks titled January Experience. Students form teams, construct robots, and face challenges that require critical thinking.

 “The January Experience I thought very highly of,” said MPD Graduate, David S. Martin. “At the time, it was very stressful, very taxing but looking back on those two weeks it was one of the most enjoyable parts of the entire MPD program.”

The program provides students with a comprehensive study of product development methods and business practices through challenging case studies and rigorous projects.