The IDEAL Center for Innovation provides resources, curricular connections, and initiatives that build and sustain a culture of creativity and collaboration. Hands-on learning, collaboration with external partners, and connections between the liberal arts and engineering are hallmarks of the program. The IDEAL Annual Report 2015 is now available along with 2016 IDEAL initiatives.

Programs

The center's programs are the Additive Manufacturing Institute, a resource for digital part materialization; cultural conservation and nanotechnology, focused on preserving art and cultural heritage; and the global challenge of cyber security.

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Projects

Current projects include Placemaking in the Digital Age, a study by multidisciplinary teams of public spaces in Midtown Manhattan; and Sports Rehabilitation Device Product Design, which considers topics such as sustainability, manufacturability, and social implications in developing a product.

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Get Involved in the IDEAL Center

The IDEAL Center is the nexus for some of the College’s most innovative educational programs. Expanding upon the culture of multi-disciplinary programs, it offers guidance and financial assistance for engaging external partnerships and facilitating experiential learning.

How to get involved

Fall 2017 - Elevator Pitch Competition

Enter to win!

All selected participants will be invited to the Marquis Founders Reception/Dinner on October 20, 2017.
Put your ides to the test, while networking with our distinguished alumni for a grande prize of $300.

To Enter: email ideal@lafayette.edu detailing your idea by October 15th.

Please consider attending our Elevator Pitch Boot Camp on:

October 12, 2017
12:00p.m.
Gendebein Room
(Skillman Library)

Lunch will be provided