The Interprofessional Projects Program 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.

Choose from these two IPRO options:
Workshops or Advanced Practices

“Design and Tech Entrepreneurship”

Students pick a time that fits their schedule. Every class will have the choice of the same 5 lab topics to meet their interests and preferences. All classes are 3 credit hours. 

497-111, Monday 2:00-4:50 PM, CRN 52088
Jaime Rivera and Limia Shunia

497-112, Tuesday 9:40 AM-12:30 PM, CRN 52089
Jaime Rivera and Bo Rodda

497-113, Tuesday 2:00-4:50 PM, CRN 52090
Dan Chichester and Promila Dhar

497-115, Wednesday 9:40 AM-12:30 PM, CRN 52091 
Bo Rodda and Limia Shunia

497-V01, Thursday 6:45-9:25 PM (Online), CRN 52100
Thomas Brandenberg, Twisha Shah-Brandenberg, and Nicole Walker

497-116, Friday 9:40 AM-12:30 PM, CRN 52092
John Ofori-Amoah, David Welin, and Eliott Goldman

In the workshop classes, the IPRO learning goals are delivered in a student-driven, project / multi-disciplinary team format. In each workshop, students will select a lab to join (Health Lab, Energy Lab, Game Lab, City Lab, Education Lab). Students will form sub-teams (and frame the project they want to work on) in each lab based on interest and capabilities. Each lab will be supported by industry partners, full-time faculty with related experience, and entrepreneurs. Students will be able to work in any of the five labs in every workshop. Students will learn about team and project management, framing problems, conducting research, performing analysis, and prototyping and testing solutions. Students will also learn about the relevance of IPRO (and their entire Illinois Tech education) to their future careers.

Advanced Practices

These courses fall into 3 main categories/themes; design, tech, and venture. These courses allow students to focus on a specific topic or process under the guidance of highly experienced faculty members. All classes are 3 credit hours.


497-S02: Design for the Circular Economy

Tuesday, 2:00 – 4:50 PM (Synchronous Hybrid)

497-203: Social Innovation

Friday, 9:40 AM – 12:30 PM

497-204: Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, 9:40 AM – 12:30 PM


497-211: Remote Telescope Commissioning

Tuesday + Thursday, 6:45 – 8:00 PM

497-V12: Developing an Antimatter Gravity Interferometer

Monday + Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:15 PM (Online)

497-213: Science + Engineering + Business

Friday, 9:40 AM – 12:30 PM

497-V14: Electrical Energy & Efficiency

Thursday, 6:45 – 9:25 PM (Online)

497-V15: Power Over Ethernet

Wednesday, 6:45 – 9:25 PM (Online)

497-V16: Digital Development

Tuesday, 6:45 – 9:25 PM (Online)

497-217: Robots

Thursday, 2:00 – 4:50 PM

497-V18: Electrified Transportation for On-Road and Space Vehicle

Tuesday, 6:45 – 9:25 PM (Online)

497-219: Railroad Innovation

Wednesday, 2:00 – 4:50 PM


497-221: Spent Grains

Tuesday, 2:00 – 4:50 PM

497-222: Advanced IPRO

Friday, 6:45 – 9:25 PM

The courses posted are for the spring semester of 2021.

If there are any questions, please contact:

Emily Harrington (


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