Maker Milestones: The Origins of Integrated Innovation

  • Carnegie Tech President Robert E. Doherty lays a foundation for integrated education.

    Carnegie Tech President Robert E. Doherty lays a foundation for integrated education.
    Carnegie Tech's third President Robert Doherty publishes "The Development of Professional Education," laying the groundwork for integrated education. An electrical engineer with a business background, Doherty's vision empowered students to think critically and solve problems holistically, requiring one fourth of their coursework to be in the humanities and social sciences.
    In his quest to increase interdisciplinary education, Doherty's work also led to funding CMU's business school in 1949.
  • Herbert Simon publishes the groundbreaking book, "Sciences of the Artificial."

    Herbert Simon publishes the groundbreaking book, "Sciences of the Artificial."
    CMU professor and future Nobel Laureate, Herbert Simon publishes his theories on cognitive psychology and the science of design. In the book, he proposes a framework for the curriculum of engineering design, an emerging field to formalize the engineers' process for identifying and solving problems.
  • Carnegie Mellon establishes the Design Research Center (DRC), advancing the impact of the science and theory of design.

     Carnegie Mellon establishes the Design Research Center (DRC), advancing the impact of the science and theory of design.
    Design Research Center is founded, with the aim to research a formal process to engineering design. In 1986, the Center evolved into the Engineering Design Research Center, with funding from the National Science Foundation.
  • The Integrated Product Development (IPD) capstone is founded at the EDRC.

    The Integrated Product Development (IPD) capstone is founded at the EDRC.
    The Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing of New Products capstone (now known as "Integrated Product Development") is launched as part of CMU's Engineering Design Research Center. The capstone is arguably the first course in the world to be taught by an integrated team of faculty members across engineering, business, and design.
  • The IPD capstone solves real-world problems by partnering with its first industry sponsor: Ford Motors, Inc.

     The IPD capstone solves real-world problems by partnering with its first industry sponsor: Ford Motors, Inc.
    For the first time, the IPD capstone is sponsored by Ford, who later was awarded five patents related to the product designs for its F-150® and the Escape SUV®. This sponsorship laid the groundwork for the capstone's unique approach in connecting students with corporate leaders in order to solve real-world problems in industry.
  • Faculty publish "Creating Breakthrough Products," formalizing innovation education and practice for practitioners across the world.

    Faculty publish "Creating Breakthrough Products," formalizing innovation education and practice for practitioners across the world.
    Faculty of the IPD capstone Jonathan Cagan and Craig M. Vogel publish the first edition of "Creating Breakthrough Products," presenting a formal innovation methodology. The book was one of the first publications to formally teach a process of integrating teams and disciplines to create valuable and impactful products and services.
  • Carnegie Mellon founds its Silicon Valley campus.

    Carnegie Mellon founds its Silicon Valley campus.
    CMU establishes a campus at NASA's Research Ames Base in Mountain View, CA to play a more active role in one of the world's most exciting tech ecosystems. The campus focuses on a "learn-by-doing" education philosophy and adopts a story-centered curriculum.
  • The IPD capstone wins a Curriculum Innovation Award.

    The IPD capstone wins a Curriculum Innovation Award.
    The IPD capstone is awarded American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)'s Curriculum Innovation Award, recognizing CMU's position as a pioneer of cross-disciplinary coursework.
  • The Master of Science in Software Management (MSSM) is launched at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus.

    The Master of Science in Software Management (MSSM) is launched at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus.
    Known today as the Master of Science in Software Management, the Master of Science in Information Technology-Management of Software Systems Development (MSIT-MSSD) program launches at CMU's campus in Mountain View, CA. The program is tailored to software professionals looking to expand their management skills in the tech industry.
  • The IPD capstone becomes the cornerstone of a new master's degree.

    The IPD capstone becomes the cornerstone of a new master's degree.
    CMU launches a new master's degree, to build upon the cross-disciplinary foundations of the IPD capstone.
  • MIIPS students contribute to award-winning truck to IPD sponsor, Navistar.

    MIIPS students contribute to award-winning truck to IPD sponsor, Navistar.
    MIIPS students partner with Navistar in redesigning their long-haul truck. Their work contributed to a final design, which subsequently won International Truck of the Year, 2003.
  • MSSM offers a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

    MSSM offers a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
    CMU offers an Entrepreneurship concentration for the MSSM degree, allowing students to apply their work in the classroom to original software product and business ideas. The same year, a MSSM student launches Yunteq, which is acquired by Coraid.
  • MSSM launches a full-time format for the program.

    MSSM launches a full-time format for the program.
    MSSM welcomes its first cohort of full-time students. The program allows aspiring software innovators the option to complete an internship as part of their practical experience.
  • III is founded.

    III is founded.
    The Institute is founded, become a hub for CMU's growing cross-disciplinary education. III's co-founders represent three of the university's leading schools: Peter Boatwright (Tepper School of Business); Jonathan Cagan (College of Engineering), and Eric Anderson (School of Design).
  • III launches a robust curriculum and applied research for the Internet of Things (IoT).

    III launches a robust curriculum and applied research for the Internet of Things (IoT).
    The institute creates coursework and applied researching opportunities to explore the growing potential for connected products and experiences.
  • MIIPS launches an Advanced Study program.

    MIIPS launches an Advanced Study program.
    MIIPS launches a 16-month Advanced Study program. The format extends the experience with an internship and additional semester, allowing students to expand their expertise on emerging topics and complete a master's essay.
  • III debuts Silicon Valley-Based Innovation Lab in Partnership with Emirates Group.

    III debuts Silicon Valley-Based Innovation Lab in Partnership with Emirates Group.
    III establishes the CMU-Emirates Silicon Valley Innovation Lab to serve as an incubator of ideas and as a hotbed of technology and innovation, jointly undertaken with CMU’s student community at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus overseen by lab director Stuart Evans, Distinguished Service Professor.
  • The mentorship program VentureBridge is founded at CMU Silicon Valley.

    The mentorship program VentureBridge is founded at CMU Silicon Valley.
    Institute faculty play a critical role in developing VentureBridge, a startup mentorship program supplying CMU student entrepreneurs with support to bring their high-tech business ideas to fruition in the Bay Area.
  • The Institute launches its next degree: Master of Science in Technology Ventures.

    The Institute launches its next degree: Master of Science in Technology Ventures.
    The MSTV program is the first bi-coastal degree for the Institute, maximizing on the resources and world-class academics of each of its locations in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley.
  • The Institute launches stackable online certificates and MIIPS online degree.

    The Institute launches stackable online certificates and MIIPS online degree.
    Four online certificates and a comprehensive MIIPS online degree bring innovation to an even wider audience as the Institute moves into virtual education through CMU's first online degree program.
  • Now more than ever, Integrated Innovation continues to "make next happen now."

    Now more than ever, Integrated Innovation continues to "make next happen now."
    With more than 600 alumni worldwide, the community of integrated innovators continues to expand. Students emerge from our programs with hard and soft skills that empower them to solve real-world problems holistically and regardless of industry, technology, or discipline.