Our global capstone project programmes
We particpate in Stanford ME310 Global Design Innovation and SUGAR Network. Find more on these two capstone project programmes on this page
ME310 Global New Product Design Innovation
ME310 is a course where a global network of designers, engineers and innovators are challenging complex real world problems.
BTH Product Development Research Lab (students on Mechanical Engineering programmes) are partners with Stanford University, Design Division and d.school, in running ME310 Global.
Each academic year about 100 masters-level students participate in ME310 including 8-10 of top global engineering and design universities from around the world, hence the Global.
“I’ve been collaborating with Stanford and the Design Division and d.school for several years going back to 90’ies and since moving to BTH we’ve been deepening the collaboration between BTH Mechanical Engineering and Stanford Mechanical Engineering to be able to offer continuous project collaboration in global innovation projects together with industry“, says Professor Tobias Larsson of Mechanical Engineering / Product Development Research Lab.
He continues; “We are now continuously scouting for projects with industry connections for upcoming ME310 projects, and also interested students to participate. The projects are tough and demanding, but extremely rewarding.”
Stemming from ME310 and the design thinking process used there, SUGAR is a global network that brings together students, universities and companies for the future of innovation through a new learning experience. SUGAR network facilitates human-centered design to young minds.
BTH Product Development Research Lab are partners within the SUGAR network since the start 2008.
Leading universities from all over the world are part of the SUGAR Network. They enable students to form inter-cultural, multidisciplinary teams and work together on exciting design challenges provided by corporate partners. Established in 2008, the SUGAR Network is growing and is currently supported by a strong community of 24 universities.
SUGAR wants to create impact by uniting universities and industries across the world to promote an alternative education, where students have ownership of the projects and are encouraged to be passionate about learning. SUGAR provides a platform to share knowledge and empowers students to solve real-world problems based on human-centered, conscious and responsible design.
What SUGAR is made of…
- Real people – We design FOR humans, BY humans. Solutions are generated by student teams that always keep close contact with real users and with the support of teaching teams, coaches and corporate sponsors.
- Real companies – How to innovate is one of the main challenges today for companies. Through SUGAR projects, companies propose briefings and gain valuable insights and ideas from fresh minds.
- Real projects – Student teams tackle real world problems alongside companies. This provides students with a great learning opportunity and empowers them to innovate with a purpose.
- Real coaching – Both students and corporate sponsors are coached and guided throughout the whole project. Companies are often offered workshops to guarantee that they are in the same mindset as the teams and understand the full potential of Design Thinking.