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Advanced Product Development

Developing a physical product for the market is a complicated and exciting process that requires expertise in design, engineering, business, and marketing. As part of this course, students will choose and research a market segment, create an innovation for that market, and develop that innovation into a manufacturable product. Along the way they will constantly test and validate their product’s functionality and marketability. Ultimately the students will develop a functional prototype and product launch strategy, which will include a brand identity, marketing campaign and a viable product channel. At the end of the semester students will present a physical prototype and comprehensive product display as part of the end of the year show and develop a portfolio of their product development process.

Prerequisites: ME 211 or Instructor’s Permission

Credits: 3.00

Course Code: ME 413

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.