Discover the Next Wearable Technology!

March 22, 2017

Students Design and Market New Wearable Technology Products for the 2017 IPD Trade Show

Ann Arbor, Michigan – The University of Michigan Tauber Institute for Global Operations presents the 2017 Integrated Product Development Trade Show, featuring innovative products created by business, engineering, information, and art & design students.

  • 2017 Integrated Product Development Trade Show
  • Wednesday, April 5, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • U-M Stamps Gallery, 201 South Division St., Ann Arbor, MI
  • Free and Open to the Public

Taught jointly by faculty of the Ross School of Business and the Stamps School of Art & Design, the annual Integrated Product Design course challenges cross-disciplinary student teams from the College of Engineering, Ross School of Business, Stamps School of Art & Design, and School of Information to design, build, and market a brand new product, and then to face free market competition through the IPD Trade Show. This year marks the 20th year for the Trade Show.

The 2017 IPD challenge: design and produce an item suitable to be worn routinely in daily life, incorporating the use of active technology, responsive to user needs in an innovative way.

In addition, the student-designed products must provide reliable sensing, monitoring, protection or capability enhancement; demonstrate a distinct competitive advantage over any similar products currently in existence; and be profitable at a consumer cost of less than $200.

Members of the University of Michigan community and the general public are invited to meet the student design teams, test out prototypes of their new wearable technologies, and vote for the “best of the best” at the 2017 Integrated Product Development Trade Show, April 5 at the new U-M Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor.

Want a preview?  Student teams will design webpages and videos to advertise their new wearable technology products and release them to the public for on-line voting on March 28. Check out the 2017 Online IPD Trade Show page for the latest updates. 


About Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and 30 industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantage Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings. The students, with faculty support, work at a company site to address substantive operations, supply chain and/or manufacturing challenges. These teams are exceptionally successful at solving problems that benefit company sponsors, operationally and strategically.

In 2016, Tauber faculty advised students on 32 high-visibility projects in the areas of supply chain/lean optimization, process analysis/improvement, and strategic assessments at 23 companies, averaging $14.4 million/per project savings over 3 years. The total savings projected was $460 million. Visit to learn more.

Theresa Ceccarelli, 734-647-0308,