Discover technology to keep kids healthy!

March 26, 2019

Ann Arbor, Michigan – March 26, 2019 – The University of Michigan Tauber Institute for Global Operations presents the Winter 2019 Integrated Product Development Trade Show, featuring innovative products created by business, engineering, information, and design students.

Taught jointly by faculty of the Ross School of Business and the Stamps School of Art & Design, the annual Integrated Product Design course challenges six cross-disciplinary student teams from the College of Engineering, Ross School of Business, Stamps School of Art & Design, and School of Information to design, build, and market a brand new product, and then to face free market competition through the IPD Trade Show.

The IPD challenge: Design and produce a product suitable for use by pre-adolescent children, incorporating the use of active technology, to improve health maintenance and outcomes.

Event:  2019 Integrated Product Development Trade Show
When:  Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where:  U-M Tauber Colloquium, 701 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI
Who:  Free and Open to the Public

Children face developmental challenges to establish good health habits with respect to their nutrition, physical activity, mental health, technology/media use, and sleep. Pre-adolescence is a time when kids are establishing autonomy and independence, so it is a critical time to establish healthy habits that can set up positive life outcomes. Children interact with technology more intensively than in any previous human generation. Technology advances invite creative design of products which will help children maintain and improve their health as they grow to adolescence.

Members of the University of Michigan community and the general public are invited to meet the student design teams, test out prototypes of their new technologies, and vote for the “best of the best."

Student teams designed webpages and videos to advertise their products and have released them to the public.

Establishment of Sarah S. Murphy Prize

The winning team of the Winter 2019 Integrated Product Development competition will be recipients of the inaugural Sarah S. Murphy Prize. Administered by the Stamps School of Art & Design, this prize of $5,000 was initiated by the Murphy family in honor of Sarah S. Murphy.


Theresa Ceccarelli, Marketing Manager / 734-647-0308
Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan
700 E. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Integrated Product Development (IPD) is an experiential, cross-disciplinary course that puts teams of students from Business, Engineering, Art & Design and Information in an economic competition and competitive product development environment. This innovative course has been featured on CNN and written up in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Businessweek. The course is hosted by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations and is taught jointly by faculty members Eric Svaan of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Stephanie Tharp from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. For more information visit