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resources @ penn

IPD students benefit from resources spread across the University of Pennsylvania as well as within the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, the Wharton School and the School of Design.


  • The IPD Studio

    The IPD Studio
    The IPD studio is located on the 4th floor of Tangen Hall.  This space is exclusively for IPD graduate students.  It includes private student desks and workspaces, team meeting areas, materials and supplies, hand and powers tools, sewing machines, 3D Printers, and standard printers and shared computers.

    The IPD Studio
    Tangen Hall, room 407
    115 S. 40th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Phone: 215-898-2826

  • The Studios @ Venture Lab

    The IPD Studios at Venture Labs

    The Studios @ Venture Labs are a collection of workspaces and labs that house digital and analog fabrication technologies that empower the Penn community to make their ideas a reality.  It includes 60+ seats and works tables, hand and powers tools, sewing machines, 3D Printers, Laster Cutters, CNC mills, Spray booths and knowledgeable staff.  It’ is located in Tangen Hall.

    The Studios @ Venture Lab
    Tangen Hall, 1st and 4th Floors
    115 S. 40th Srteet
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Phone: 215-898-4856

  • The Fab Lab

    The Fab Lab
    The Fab Lab is another workshops available for IPD students. It includes a full woodshop, worktables, a machine shop, and an expert staff. The Fab Lab also offers digital fabrication tools, including three laser cutters and two CNC mills. It’s located on the 4th floor of Meyerson in The School of Design.

    The Penn Design Fabrication Lab
    Penn Design
    102 Meyerson Hall
    210 South 34th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Phone: 215-898-6520

  • MEAM Design and Prototyping Laboratories

    The objective of the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) Design and Prototyping Laboratories is to give our students access to the tools and resources they need during their product design training to create and experiment with ideas and inventions that enhance their educational experiences.

    Facilities include:

    • Prototype & Fabrication Laboratories (Towne Building)
    • General Motors (GM) Laboratory (Towne 193)
    • Undergraduate Experimentation Lab (Towne M81)
    • Student Project Lab (Towne B11)
    • Design & Simulation Lab (Towne 205)
    • Computer Aided Design Laboratory (Towne 195)
    • Mechanical and Aerodynamic Testing Lab (Towne B2)

Masters in Product Design Entrepreneurship


  • Venture Lab

    Venture Lab is the entrepreneurship center at the Wharton School that serves all students and alumni across the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We maximize the ability of our students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

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  • Penn Center for Innovation

    The Penn Center for Innovation consolidated and unified the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Technology Transfer with other Penn commercialization resources, allowing for a more streamlined experience for Penn researchers and potential business and industry partners.

    Penn Center for Innovation
    3600 Civic Center Blvd, 9th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Phone: 215-898-9591
    E-mail: pciinfo@pci(

  • Pennovation Center

    Pennovation Center is a business incubator and laboratory that aligns and integrates researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the commercialization of research discoveries. Intended to marry entrepreneurs with an expert workforce and scientifically advanced facilities, key features of the Pennovation Center are the common creative spaces, including coworking areas, a cafe, and a venue for events and programs.

Graduate Student Life

  • The Graduate Student Center

    The Graduate Student Center encourages the development of Penn’s graduate and professional student community through academic and social initiatives. The Center empowers graduate and professional students to create and participate in a graduate community at Penn. It creates intellectual, social, and professional development programs to bring together the wide range of graduate and professional students at Penn for cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural exchanges and provides services to support graduate and professional students at Penn and in Philadelphia.

  • Wharton Innovation and Design Club

    Wharton Innovation and Design Club holds workshops in empathy, ideation, prototyping, and testing. They host the Penn Design Challenge, Innovation Summit, and Healthcare Design Challenge. And they connect their members to resources that will help them pursue a career in innovation through career treks and MBACM-led sessions.

  • Career Services

    Career Services helps students and alumni define their career goals and take the steps necessary to achieve them. They provide a wealth of career information online and a variety of events to prepare students for their job search and network with potential employers.

  • Family Resource Center

    The Family Resource Center at Penn is a hub for information, resources, activities and advocacy for students and post-docs with children.

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