Beijing Summer 2018


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Description

While special product design criteria will be established for this IPRO study abroad experience, in general, good products will:

  1. Solve for a real user need / address a real market (should be attractive to an existing company, venture fund, or NGO);
  2. Have ten parts or less (this is about the level of complexity that your team will be able to prototype);
  3. Can fit through a door (this is a good way to keep the scale of the product small); and
  4. Can be prototyped with the resources and funds available.

Product design naturally leverages the skills of mechanical engineers, architects, and aerospace engineers, but the class will be interesting and relevant to all disciplines and students interested in design, entrepreneurship, prototyping and product development. Final deliverables consist of a prototype that demonstrates the benefits of the concept and a preliminary business model for the idea.

Class Updates

Closing Ceremony

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August 2, Thursday morning, Ms. Shen Jiapei, Supervisor, International Affairs BIT, conducted the closing ceremony for our IIT/IPRO Study Abroad Program at BIT. She…   Read More

Chinese Calligraphy with Master Zhang Hong

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August 1, Wednesday afternoon, we were honored with a class in Chinese Calligraphy (zhōng guó shū fǎ). Master Zhang was kind enough to not…   Read More

First prototype presentations

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July 31, Tuesday morning, the students made their very first prototype presentations. Each product concept is a well conceived and marketable idea. The prototypes…   Read More

Summer Palace in the Summer Heat

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July 25, Wednesday afternoon, the class visited the Summer Palace today as part of our learning about Chinese culture program. It was a rare…   Read More

Let the Prototyping Begin!

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Tuesday, July 24, our class began to prototype it’s product ideas. Prototyping is new for nearly everyone in the class. It’s a bit of…   Read More

Chinese Paper Cutting with Peng Meiqin

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Wednesday, July 18, afternoon, in our Chinese Culture class we are introduced to the Art of Chinese Paper Cutting. There is, apparently, a very…   Read More

Language Master Zhang Teaches Students Chinese

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Wednesday, July 18, our IIT IPRO students attended their first Chinese language study class as part of the Summer 2018 Study Abroad program. We are…   Read More

Yuanmingyuan Park

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Sunday, July 15, the class decided to do a little sightseeing. Renjie selected a most auspicious location for us to see and we were…   Read More

Small classroom – Big minds

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In the morning sessions of our classes we use a rather smallish sized classroom. Yet the students have a great attitude and work very…   Read More

National Museum of China

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We visited the National Museum of China today as part of our exploration of Chinese culture. It was a fantastic experience to see so…   Read More

Opening Ceremony

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Ms. Wang Ying, Director of the Office of International Studies at the Beijing Institute of Technology, hosted our Opening Ceremonies for our 2018 BIT-IIT…   Read More

Orientation at BIT

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We had a fun and informative orientation at BIT with two special guides, “Lewis” and “Emma”. It was really great; we found places to…   Read More

BIG first dinner!

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What a great dinner tonight. I think Steven observed that ever square inch of the table was covered with a serving plate. I think…   Read More

Students Arrive in Beijing

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At last we are gathering in Beijing! Flight UA 851 arrived today in Beijing with five students and the instructor. Renjie, our teaching assistant,…   Read More

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Chinatown, Chicago

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We had a wonderful celebration of our Study Abroad Program yesterday afternoon in Chinatown! A great way to get our minds engaged for the…   Read More

Last Class in Chicago

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Today was the last time our class will meet at Illinois Tech in Chicago. Wish us luck on our travels to Bejing.

Individual’s Posts by Date

Renjie and Dan ‘design duo’ speak at a Student/Professional design association in Beijing

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July 28, Saturday afternoon, Renjie and Dan spoke at a design association for students and professional designers in Beijing. There were over 150 designers…   Read More

BEIHAI Park

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July 29, Sunday morning, teaching assistant Renjie, IPRO instructor Dan and two friends, Erik and Cecilia, decided to go to Beihai park in Beijing….   Read More

Chichester/Li speak at Tsinghua University

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July 25, Wednesday morning, IPRO instructor Dan Chichester and Teaching Assistant Renjie Li deliver a design education lecture to industrial design students at Tsinghua…   Read More

Shanghai for the weekend!

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Ashma, Divya and I took the bullet train to Shanghai for a weekend adventure. We got in late Friday night and checked into our…   Read More

Dan & Renjie check out the Beijing Art Zone

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Saturday, July 21, our adventuresome IPRO instructors head out to find some contemporary art. Renjie has heard of a place called 798 Art Zone….   Read More

Katie’s birthday

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Happy 21st birthday to Katie! July 14, 2018, BIT hosted Katie’s 21st birthday party at the Tube Station. We had tons of PIZZZZZA together…   Read More

Chichester & Li Speak Design at Baidu

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IPRO Instructor Dan Chichester and Teaching Assistant Renjie Li spoke about design issues to over 40 interactive and visual designers at Baidu this afternoon….   Read More

Learning how to use chopsticks!

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The concentration it takes to use chopsticks! But I think I have it down!  

First Full Day!

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First full day in Beijing: Due to the jet lag I was up early and decided to go for a run. Turns out the…   Read More

Night time in Beijing

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As we were heading inside, we saw a long line of kites in the air – which kind of reminded me of a dragon…..   Read More

Beijing Day 1: Sleep, Eat, Repeat

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I am to tired to write a full post tonight, but in summary Sunday-Monday consisted of traveling, sleeping and eating. But I cannot complain….   Read More

Zàijiàn Delhi, Nǐ hǎo Beijing

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  It has finally begun! Today I left New Delhi to meet up with the rest of the team in Beijing. This could not…   Read More

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