The IPRO Program brings together undergraduate students from all majors to work in interdisciplinary teams on real-world projects in engineering research, process improvement, sustainability, service learning and venture development. Many of the projects are sponsored by corporations or community partners.
At the end of each semester, IPRO teams exhibit their work through presentations and exhibits and compete for awards at IPRO Day. Members of the Chicago-area professional community who volunteer as judges at IPRO Day are able to interact with some of the most talented students in the U.S. and learn about cutting-edge research at IIT.
There are two options for volunteer judges at IPRO Day: presentation or exhibit evaluation. Presentation judges follow a set schedule until early afternoon, while exhibit judges evaluate team projects in a trade show-type setting on an open schedule that can be completed in as little as 2 hours. Judges are grouped in teams, with a chief judge providing guidance. Each judging team is assigned to a track, which has 4-5 IPRO projects that all focus on a similar topic. The competition is preceded by an orientation breakfast and is followed by a reception and awards ceremony.