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DESIGN LAB The O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Laboratory more familiarly known as MDL provides invaluable real-world experiences for students. Within MDL the Design Lab process offers a culminating experience that helps prepare students to enter the workforce. Student projects confront open-ended technically challenging design problems that encompass a broad array of important contemporary issues. Particularly significant is the fact that these problems are posed by corporate sponsors from some of the worlds largest and most innovative companies as well as newly formed entrepreneurial startups. Working with corporate sponsors students will gain important industry insights and make contacts that will serve them well in the future. Recent capstone projects included Sports Body Armor A Reinvention of the Slot Machine Microelectronics Testing A Wear Test Machine Over 400 seniors from a range of engineering disciplines work on sponsored projects every year. The Design Lab is one of the main reasons why BusinessWeek named Rensselaer one of the top 60 design schools in the world. school of engineering 19