MEMP students at team-building workshop

Accepting Partners for May 31-August 6

In 2020, in response to the pandemic, Duke's Pratt School of Engineering created SIPP—a virtual program with benefits for master's students and project partners.

Now, SIPP has returned for a new year. We are now accepting partners for Summer 2021. The program is 10 weeks, starting May 31.

Last summer, over 70 Duke Engineering master’s students were matched with 33 projects. Our talented teams analyzed data and markets, and developed software. Project sponsors, which included many Duke alumni, ranged from startups to large tech companies to public agencies. Join us for SIPP 2021.

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About the Program

To learn more about our successes in 2020, read this article about the Summer Industry Project Program.

 The Basics

  • Sponsors identify critical needs that focus on engineering problems, either business-oriented or technical
  • Students apply to projects that interest them
  • Teams of students (or individual students, in select cases) are assigned
  • A faculty or adjunct mentor is attached to each project
  • Work is completed, 30-40 hours per week, using remote technologies
  • Program dates: May 31-August 6


  • Sponsors are requested to provide funding support to pay student team members a living stipend
  • Project funding is set by the project sponsor based on available budget, with a recommended level of US$4,500 per student on their team (Minimum: US$2,000 per student)
  • Special accommodation can be made for a small number of government and nonprofit organizations which experience difficulty securing budget. To discuss your organization's situation, please email program director Jon Reifschneider

 Project Examples

  • Product or system design
  • Market research
  • Data analysis
  • Analytics or machine learning modeling
  • Software application development/prototyping
  • New product business planning
  • Technical research

Robert J. Coyle

"The students' knowledge of the business was outstanding. Their presentation was professional and well-organized. They told a great story, backed up their findings, and created a model that allowed people to test. Brilliant execution!"

Robert J. Coyle
SVP, Pharma & Healthcare Strategy


Jon Reifschneider

Jon Reifschneider
Director, Master of Engineering in AI for Product Innovation

Graduating Duke MEMP students throw their caps in the air