Today, James Dyson has announced the opening of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. The school will teach a four year course in design engineering, developed in partnership with Dyson engineers, which unlike most engineering courses, will teach design engineering from the get-go.
"We want to create engineers who are bold and commercially astute," James Dyson commented. "They will use their skills, nurtured in the Dyson School, to develop future technology that will catalyze Britain's economic growth."
The first new engineering department established at Imperial in the last two decades, the Dyson School will teach a four year MEng course in Design Engineering from October 2015. The curriculum, developed in partnership with Dyson engineers to give industry relevance, blends technical discipline with creativity. Industry standard equipment and studio space will enable 400 students to design, prototype, and test new product ideas.
"Design combines the best of technical expertise with creativity and the Dyson School of Design Engineering is uniquely placed to bring these together in its student experience and research," said Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London. "Imperial and Dyson passionately share a vision for educating engineers to elicit innovative thinking and problem solving. The James Dyson Foundation's generous donation, along with Dyson's industrial expertise, gives us the opportunity to create a world-leading school for a new kind of engineer to design the future."