The Interprofessional Project inspires collaborative innovation. The IPRO course offers students experience in tackling a semester-long open-ended challenge as part of an interdisciplinary team. Project topics reflect the diversity of the workplace, thereby offering a wide range of choices for students to apply knowledge from their disciplines, and tackle a challenge that fits their career interests, passion or experience. Students seeking an IPRO course have two overall format options to choose from and several different themes/topics to choose from with different faculty teams and on different days/times.


Spring 2020 Themed Workshops

This new class format allows sponsors to engage with a large, diverse set of students from Illinois Tech. The sponsor organization will offer a challenge and then 50 to 100 students (divided into small inter-disciplinary teams of 3 to 5 students) will spend the semester developing either a working prototype or a rigorous research paper based on the challenge. We will work with individual sponsors to design an appropriate engagement including opportunities for recruiting and employee / student mentoring.

497-101: Energy & Environmental Innovation

Friday 10:00 am – 12:40 pm

497-102: Frontiers of Technological Innovation

Thursday 10:00 am – 12:40 pm

497-103: Public Safety Innovation

Tuesday 1:50 pm – 4:30 pm

497-107: Urban Livability Innovation with a focus on water

Thursday 1:50 pm – 4:30 pm

497-108: STEM Education and Community

Thursday 6:25 pm – 9:05 pm

497-109: Digital Service Design Workshop

Tuesdays 6:25 pm – 9:05 pm

Spring 2020 Special Projects

This is the “classic” IPRO format, a rigorous research and development project that is specified by one or more full time faculty members. A small group of students (between 10 to 15) work closely with the faculty on all aspects of the project.




497-219: Developing Remote Telescope for Use with IBM Watson Technology

Tuesday + Thursday 6:25 pm – 7:40 pm

497-404: NASA+SAElectric Vehicle Design (by permit only)

Tuesday from 6:25 to 9:05 pm

497-405: Designing for Nicaragua

Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15pm – 4:30pm

497-410: Electrical & Energy Efficiency – Strategies for Sustainability

Thursday 6:25 pm – 9:05 pm

497-510:Power Over Ethernet: Lighting Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities and Capabilities Analysis

Wednesday 6:25 pm – 9:05 pm

497-518: Engineering Life in the Service of Humanity: The IGEM Competition

Thursday 10:00 am – 12:40 pm

497-519: Plastic Waste Mitigation

Friday 9:00 am – 11:40 am

497-520: Consulting Unplugged

Monday 6:25 pm – 9:05 pm

Summer 2020 Special Projects

497-217: Innovations in Neuromuscular and Stroke Rehabilitation, From basic technology to Video Games and VR-based Interventions

M W 10am-1:10pm

IPRO 497-518 (CRN 34372) Genetic Engineering Competition
T Th 10am-1225pm


If there are any questions, please contact:

Rima Kuprys ( or 312.567.3448)

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