IPD Alumni create the first flushable pregnancy test

First flushable pregnancy test gets pre-market approval from FDA

Listen to Science Friday’s Chau Tu discuses the first-ever Biodesign Summit in which IPD’s own Mónica Butler graces the cover photo.

The Future Of Biotech In Design? Spiders, Slime, And Fungus

“Two University of Pennsylvania students—Ji won Woo, who is getting her master’s in fine arts, and Mónica Butler, who is working toward a master’s in integrated product design—furthered an idea that’s been explored in biodesign before: a super-strong synthetic version of making spider’s silk.”

“Surprise, Uncertainty, and Eagerness to Try”

Aobo Zhou, Integrated Product Design Master’s student, writes about the student’s experience in learning to innovate through an unexpected challenge.

iDesign Prize winners showcased in the Pennsylvania Gazette



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Lilu team wins iDesign Prize for developing automated breast-pumping bra

Lilu Team Won the iDesign Prize: Clementine Gilbert (IPD), Sujay Suresh (EE), Adriana Vazquez (IPD), Allie Looney (IPD)
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“SafeStamp” team claims inaugural $50,000 iDesign@Penn Prize

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IPD student, Monica Butler, and her team won the Wharton Design Club Challenge

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Picture: From left to right are: Daniel Ng, Margaret Ren, me, Yongbo Qian, Zaks Lubin and Kaley Suero (not in picture)

DreamIt Demo Day: 2 IPD Teams!

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xLAB designs next-generation immersive experiences

Take a look at this great write up about IPD faculty’s latest venture in the Penn Current.

Pedaling Bamboo: IPD’s collaboration with Yonso Project is highlighted in the Penn Gazette


Another nice article just came out about IPD’s summer collaboration with Yonso Project in Ghana. The author includes the voices of our collaborators in Ghana and addresses the impact of the project.

Jaime Fernandez, Sonicare Product Engineer & former IPD Student, wins an iF design award with his project team for two products: Sonicare PowerUp battery toothbrush & Sonicare Black Diamond.

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IPD grad Emily Fisher and Charles Mauro of MauroNewMedia conducted
a design research workshop with IPD students

Core 77 covers IPD’s collaboration with Yonso Project and Bresslergroup

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Last summer, IPD students had the chance to travel to Ghana to help the Yonso Project design accessories for their bamboo bikes. Helping the small organization grow its business — and therefore create jobs for youth — by broadening its product offerings was an amazing experience. You can read more about it in this article on Core 77 by Bresslergroup‘s Mathieu Turpault.


IPD alum’s Kickstarter campaign, for the Jalapeño Beat Maker, featured on Uncrate

Jalapeño Beat Maker

IPD graduates Ben Harmer, John Hunchar and Kenneth Liew launched their Kickstarter campaign for the Jalapeño Beat Maker, a device that remixes your music in response to your motions, just a few weeks ago. Since then, it’s gotten a lot of press including a mention on Uncrate.

2013: Eric DeFeo, IPD Alumni receives Social Impact Fellowship.

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2013: Niko Vladimirov, IPD Student who is also a member of the TITAN ARM team that was awarded first place at the Cornell Cup 2013. Read more about their project: TitanArm Exoskeleton: Elysium Is Basically Already Real.


2013:Interesting article in the NYTimes, Talking, Walking Objects:

written by Carla Diana. She is the instructor of IPD 528: Design of Contemporary Products, a product designer and creative consultant focused on bringing objects to life electronically.

2012: Sarah Rottenberg, Associate Director of IPD was featured in an article, “Vintage bottle opener is a lesson in product design.”


2012: The Bangkok Experience:

A unique collaboration between Gensler, Di Design (Thailand), GDiD (Thailand) + University of Pennsylvania Integrated Product Design students + University of Maryland Architecture graduate students + Chulalongkorn University students (Thailand) + Thammasat University students (Thailand). To learn more please read their blog & watch a video.
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2012: Eric De Feo, IPD Student, received an honorable mention in the 2012 Hines Competition for his proposal Infiltrate for superior focus on water treatment.

2011: Part of an international series, “Where to Bike Philadelphia” …

is a new guidebook to over 70 rides in and around the Philadelphia region. IPD student Julie Lorch is the author & photographer of WTB Philly, published in August 2011. Watch the “newsworks” video and read the article.


A jury selected the design by Lea Oxenhandler, MArch’12 and Evan Litvin MArch/IPD’12 for the Sukkah City STL competition to be built in St. Louis on Washington University’s campus.

2011: IPD in Cape Towne, South Africa.

As part of the NSF for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE); Ethics Education for Integrated Product Design grant IPD was awarded, Eric DeFeo, Evan Litvin, Ding Liu, Lea Oxenhandler and Jon Wilson traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to learn about product design in a developing country. To learn more please read their blog.


2011: Peter Bressler, Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics …

received the IDSA Personal Recognition Award for his “involvement in and support of design has made him or her a special friend of the profession and major contributor to its long­term welfare and importance.”

2010: IPD Alunmi Jason Halpern gives TEDxPenn talk.

Watch the video. About TEDxPenn: TEDxPenn was created by Penn undergraduate students to share innovation and research within the Penn community and to create a forum for discussion. Live speakers and TEDTalks videos will present topics that tie in with this year’s conference theme, “Expect the Unexpected.” We realize that much of the work done by Penn alumni, faculty and students go largely unnoticed on campus. It is our goal to provide a forum in which to spread that knowledge and transform the way we think. In turn, we hope that the Penn community will be challenged by what they experience to change their community for the better.

2010: IPD students Matthew Owens, Philip Tribe, and Phil Baker have been awarded a Penn Year of Water grant …

from the Provost’s office for research on the detection and reporting of water contamination data. The team will travel in December to work with faculty at Bengal Engineering and Science University to deploy a pilot data reporting system focused on tracking Arsenic contamination levels in communities of the surrounding West Bengal region. More information on the project is available at

2010: IPD MSE degree candidate Meihua Chen’s Picnic Bag & Mat design was accepted into the The Good Design Awards competition.

The Good Design Awards is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design organized by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization since 1998. Its parent organization is the Good Design Products Selection System, established in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).

This award activity is not merely a product fineness competition but an action to promote good design in society thereby improving the quality of life and encouraging sound industrial development at the same time. This year, 3,136 products and services from multiple industries were submitted for consideration.

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2010: The IPD program has been awarded a 3 year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE); Ethics Education for Integrated Product Design