Since opening in 2012, the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) has served as the hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary activity at Yale University. Its goal is to enable the design, development, and actualization of ideas, from the whiteboard to the real world. Students, staff, and faculty from across Yale have access to CEID resources, participate in courses and events, and collaborate with CEID staff on a wide range of projects. See below for more about the CEID, our community of members, and some of the courses we offer, or download our one pager:
The CEID acts as both an educational resource as well as a focal point for design and engineering on campus. Our 8,700 square foot design lab combines an open studio, lecture hall, wet lab, and meeting rooms. The studio is equipped with 3-D printers, hand-tools, electronics work stations, and a variety of materials for our members to use. Members have 24/7 access to our studio space, as well as to a state-of-the-art machine shop, wood shop, and wet lab during our regular staffed hours.
A variety of activities, events, and organizations are hosted in our space: CEID workshops and trainings allow members to build skills through fun hands-on projects, while guest lectures, tech talks, and social events bring together people from all over Yale to have fun and share ideas. From undergraduate clubs to hackathons, the CEID supports interdisciplinary activity at all levels, enabling student-led collaborative projects like the construction of an 8-foot diameter radio telescope and the design and fabrication of the Yale Treehouse.
For more information on our equipment, trainings, and hours, see the Space page and peruse our frequently asked questions. Check out our Media page to see some of the cool projects that have come through our doors, as well as our Calendar for a listing of events and activities throughout the year!
In addition to our space, events, and courses, the CEID is also home to a vibrant community of members from a variety of different backgrounds. Over the past three years, we have oriented over 3000 people to the CEID, representing nearly a hundred undergraduate and graduate degrees and all of the Professional Schools on campus. The studio space supports a wide range of clubs and organizations -- a full listing of them can be found on the student groups page.
CEID members are supported by our talented CEID staff, who provide theoretical and technical expertise on topics ranging from physics and mechanical engineering, to architecture and graphic design. See below to learn more about our full time staff, as well as our undergraduate design aides!
Friendly, talented student aides are well-versed in the tools in our studio -- from laser cutting to 3D printing, power tools to electronics. A CEID student aide is available for "expert hours" from 6 - 9 PM each night of the week. See below for more about our aides and their expert hours:
CEID courses and curriculum take students beyond the traditional academic experience, encouraging them to work collaboratively to develop creative solutions for the real world. From musical instruments to medical devices, students are exposed to design process through a variety of course topics and themes. Students work with mentors from within and outside of Yale, who act as both clients and experts in the field. Student work in courses has produced patents, publications, for- and non-profit organizations, and above all unique and in-depth learning experiences that move ideas from the lecture hall to the studio, and beyond the classroom.
Instructors: Sarah Oppenheimer, Joseph Zinter
A weekly studio and seminar at the intersection of art and engineering, Screen Space explores how the dynamic architecture of screen and projector can be understood as a site of creative work. Students design and build projection machines that delve into the potential aesthetic language of light, form, color, and motion.
Instructors: Eric Dufresne, Larry Wilen
An introduction to engineering, innovation, and design process, students learn select ideas and techniques across six engineering disciplines and apply what they have learned in a team-based final project for a Yale-based client.
Instructors: Konrad Kaczmarek, Larry Wilen
This course combines the concepts of musical acoustics with the design and construction of musical instruments. Theoretical concepts are supplemented with historical and musical perspectives on instrument design, taking advantage of expert guest lecturers and resources in the Collection of Musical Instruments. The course culminates in the design of novel musical instruments.
Instructor: Joseph Zinter
Positioned at the intersection of design, technology, and entrepreneurship, students are introduced to the many facets of product design and development while simultaneously working to conceive and develop a marketable product and business.
Instructors: Paul Anastas, Julie Zimmerman
This course focuses on the study of green engineering, including key approaches to advancing sustainability through engineering design. Topics include current design, manufacturing, disposal processes, toxicity, benign alternatives, and policy implications.
Instructor: Jaehong Kim
This course applies engineering fundamentals to solve real-world environmental and human-health problems related to water and wastewater treatment, water- and air-quality monitoring and control, subsurface remediation, and hygienic infrastructure. ENVE410 includes a week-long field trip to Nicaragua during spring break to collect data and run experiments.
Instructors: Jean Zheng, Joseph Zinter
MENG404 is a design-based course where students tackle real-world clinical needs and conceptualize, ideate, and prototype medical devices that positively impact patients. Faculty from the Yale School of Medicine provide design opportunities and act as mentors throughout the term.
Instructors: Beth Bennett, Madhu Venkadesan
The capstone course for mechanical engineering, MENG489 focuses on the study of the engineering design process, including concept generation, project management, teamwork, detail design, and communication skills. Student teams implement a mechanical design project with hardware objectives that can be achieved in a term, and a problem definition that allows room for creative solutions.
Instructors: Bo Hopkins, Joseph Zinter
MENG491 acts as an introduction to human-centered design through exploration of appropriate technology, a class of solutions that solve a particular need and are technologically, economically, and regionally viable. Student design teams conceptualize, ideate, and prototype technological devices. They then generate plan to deploy that device into the field.