[Schedule beyond 9/15, and some assignments are in a revision stage]
Fall Semester 2018
Class meetings in Hanson Hall 1-108
Wednesdays, 5:00 to 8:20 pm
09/05  "Course Introduction" (Iaizzo). "New Product Development Process" (Erdman)

  Due (7-Sept, 1pm): Resume
  Due (7-Sept, 1pm): Project Selection
09/12  Creativity and Team Bonding (Durfee & teams)
  Due (14-Sept, 1pm): Sign C&IP agreement
09/19  Project kick-off meeting with client (likely Wednesday at 5pm, but may be some other time this week)

  Due: Prepare for Kick-Off Meeting
  Due: Select Team Leader
09/26  "Customer Research Methods" (Susan Kimmel, in2ition) (Lecture notes)
 (Double session, 5-8pm, no team meetings)

  Due: Project Document Drive
10/03   Team presentations: Pre-Project Planning (5-7pm)
  Team meeting (7pm)

  Due: Pre-Project Planning Report
  Due: Project Management Plan
  Due: Statement of Work
10/10  "Sketching and Prototyping" (Durfee) (5-7:30pm)
   Team meeting (7:30pm) 
10/17  "Creating Needs Statements" (Durfee) 
   Team meeting (6:30pm)

  Due: Team Rules
10/24  "Patents and Patent Searching" (Erdman)
  Team meeting (6:30pm)
10/31  "Basics of Financial Models for New Products" (Finch)
  Team meeting (6:30pm)

 Due: 3D Print Model (show in class)
11/07  "Innovation & business strategy" (Forbes) [Homework] 
  Team meeting (6:30pm)

 Due: Customer Needs Report (VOC 1)
11/14  Team presentations: Concepts and Prototypes (5-7pm)
 Team meeting (7:00pm)
 Due: Preliminary Concept Renderings and Prototype
 Due: Schedule mid-project review
11/21  No class, team meetings optional (Thanksgiving, but don't lose your momentum)

 Due: Patent Search Report
11/28  "Pitching to Clients" (Greg Larkin & Karim Bandali, Medtronic)
 "Prepping for Review" (6:15, Durfee)
  Team meeting (6:30pm)

 Due: Product Summary
12/05  (last class) Team presentations: Condensed Mid-Project Review (5-8pm)

Mid-Project Review (scheduled between Dec. 10 and Dec. 19)
Mid-Project Report (due at Mid-Project Review)
Peer Evaluations (due before Noon on Friday Dec. 14) *Noon, not end of day*
Mid-Project Reviews:
Team1 TBD
Team2 TBD
Team3 TBD
Team4 TBD
Team5 TBD
Team6 TBD

Spring Semester 2019
Class meetings in 
Wednesdays, 5:00 to 8:20 pm
01/23  Team presentations: Lessons Learned (5-7pm)
  Team meeting (7pm)
  Due: New Spring Students (Only for students starting the course Spring Semester)
01/30  "Industrial Design" (Danny Gelfman, Medtronic)
   Team meeting (6:30pm)

  Due: Revised Statement of Work
  Due: Revised Project Management Plan
02/06  "Business Models" (Forbes) [Homework
    Team meeting (6:30pm)
02/13  "Venture Valuation" (Finch) [Homework]
   Team meeting (6:30pm)
02/20  "Developing Medical Products" (Iaizzo)
  Team meeting (6:30pm)

 Due: Concept Testing with Customers Report (VOC 2)
02/27  "Writing a Patent"  (David Black, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner)
   Team meeting (6:30pm)
03/06  "Product design & social impact" (Fred Rose, Acara)
   Team meeting (6:30pm)
03/13  "Basics of Manufacturing" (Erdman)
   Team meeting (6:30pm)

  Due: Revised Product Summary
Spring break: March 18-22
03/27  "The economics of technology commercialization" (Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Carlson School)
   Team meeting (6:30pm)
04/03  Team presentations: Technology Demo (5-7pm)
   Team meeting (7pm)

  Due: Alpha Prototype,  Elevator Story
04/10  Rich Baker, CTO of ProtoLabs visits
   Team meeting (6:30pm)

  Due: Schedule final review with client
  Due: Provisional Patent Application
04/17 Team presentations: Business Plan (5-7pm)
 Team meeting (7pm)

  Due: Product Animation and Prototype Testing with Customers Report (VOC 3)
04/24  "Pitch Strategies" (Durfee)
  Team meeting (6:30pm)

05/01 (last class) Team presentations: Condensed Final Project Review (5:10 Team1, 5:30 Team, 5:50 Team3, 6:10 Team4, 6:30 Team5, 6:50 Team6, 7:10 Team7, 7:30 done)

  Due: Project Video

Final Project Review (scheduled between May 2 and May 10)
Final Project Report (due at Final Project Review)
Peer Evaluations (due before Noon on Friday May 3) *Noon, not end of day*
Project Wrap-Up
Final Project Reviews:
Team1 TBD
Team2 TBD
Team3 TBD
Team4 TBD
Team5 TBD
Team6 TBD


  1. Team meeting locations will be determined by the individual teams and their company sponsor. These meetings may take place off campus at the company site.
  2. Students are expected to prepare for the lectures by doing relevant (assigned or not) readings in advance and come to class ready to participate. If lectures list a lecture prep link, do the work before the lecture.
  3. "Team Presentations" means students from each team make a formal presentation on the stated topic.
  4. The schedule will change. The version on the web is always the most current.