Design & Innovation Learning Community

Design and Innovation Learning Community

Enjoy innovative ideas and people?

Want to design and make something tangible and meaningful while in college? Interested in using Purdue’s resources to grow your ideas into something real?

The Design & Innovation Learning Community is for you!

Our learning community centers on a Mission, Meaning, Making (M3) philosophy. Impactful innovation does not happen in single academic disciplines/majors. Instead, it requires a cross-disciplinary approach to:

  • understand the meaning behind the problems people face,
  • the mission for solving these problems, and
  • making solutions with the people they impact in mind.


You will have access to the following:

  • Ideation Space in Shreve 123.
  • Innovation Lab, including 3D Printing, prototyping tools, microcontrollers, and much more, in 344 Young Hall.
  • Workshops on how to use different tools and equipment for designing and making.
  • Instructors across the Polytechnic Institute, Krannert School of Management, and College of Liberal Arts to build your innovation network.
  • Events to connect with others such as:

    • Design Challenges for prizes, money, and scholarships
    • Meals with community leaders and ambassadors
    • Tours of local innovative companies and organizations.


To be eligible for this learning community:

  • You can be an incoming first year student (from any major) interested in Designing, Making, and Innovating


  • You can be any undergraduate student (from any major) enrolled in the Design & Innovation Minor
  • But you should be ready to have fun, meet new people, and make cool things!


  • No classes are required. However, all students in the learning community are encouraged to enroll in the Design & Innovation minor, which is easy to add to current plans of study (See Design & Innovation Minor Website)
  • Also, students are encouraged to register for TLI 16100.
  • Students should attend at least 2 learning community events per semester.


  • Optional, all students in Shreve Hall or female students in Earhart Hall and male students in McCutcheon Hall
  • Indicate your learning community housing preference within the application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community

Join the Design and Innovation Learning Community!