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Sample PDI projects have included Enabling mobility of the elderly by using advanced materials in a revolutionary walker design. Greening of major league sports through redesign of equipment packaging and food-service delivery. Reducing errors in voting and vote counting by employing highly usable and transparent information technologies. Advancing the cheese processing employed by rural Peruvian farmers through appropriate pasteurization technology. Whatever the problem PDI will try to solve it. PRODUCT DESIGN AND INNOVATION One hallmark of HASS is its thorough embrace of all that is interdisciplinary. This spirit is especially evident in the trailblazing design program known as Product Design and Innovation PDI. This internationally renowned program recently earned Rensselaer recognition as one of the 60 most forward-thinking design schools in the world according to BusinessWeek magazine. PDI will prepare you to become an innovative designer who can develop the advanced products and technologies necessary for the 21st century. Through its design studios PDI offers students the opportunity to explore a broad breadth of material from larger systemic problems to smaller focused ones. Some studios are taught as a sequence to give students experience with the design process from conception to implementation. PDI allows students to think in new and creative ways by asking them to address and solvethe major problems of our world. The PDI program really convinces students that they can make a difference in the world. EBEN BAYER 07 school of hass 22