Cook Engineering Design Center

Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC) connects Dartmouth Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students with industry partners to solve real-world problems.

CEDC coordinates industry-sponsored projects for the capstone BE design course sequence (ENGS 89/90) and the MEng design course sequence (ENGG 199.1/199.11).

BE Design Projects

ENGS 89/90 Course Sequence

CEDC projects form the heart of Dartmouth's capstone BE design course sequence, "ENGS 89/90: Engineering Design Methodology & Project Initiation/Completion." Each project runs from mid September to early March with students working in teams of three to eight depending on the scope of the project.

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MEng Design Projects

ENGG 199.1/199.11 Course Sequence

Students in Dartmouth's MEng degree program may elect to complete an industry-sponsored project through the advanced course sequence, "ENGG 199.1/199.11: MEng Design Project Initiation/Completion." Projects are matched to student teams in October/November with work beginning in early January and completing at the end of May.

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Project Examples

The team—Ariana Arvelo Marchan '23, Abbi Fitzpatrick '22 Th'23, William Gano '22, and Eliana Ray '23

Engineering Education Award

The ENGS 89/90 project, "Low Cost, Open Source PFAS Filter Design for Small Cleaning Businesses and Beyond" won a $10,000 grand prize Engineering Education Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The team—Ariana Arvelo Marchan '23, Abbi Fitzpatrick '22 Th'23, William Gano '22, and Eliana Ray '23—worked with Professors Vicki May and Megan Romano, NHDES scientist Jenn Harfmann, and local carpet cleaning businesses to create a system that removes >95% of PFAS from wastewater.


Emily H. Monroe, Director

Emily H. Monroe

As CEDC director, Emily leverages her experience to connect industry sponsors with Dartmouth Engineering students. Prior to joining Dartmouth, Emily was the lead engineer at Kudos, where she ran new product development for the first disposable baby diaper with 100% cotton against baby’s skin. She also served as a manufacturing engineer at Sturm, Ruger and Co. and as an R&D design engineer at Johnson&Johnson's Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

Emily holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MEM degree from Duke University. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.

Outside of the CEDC, she is an avid reader, a co-parent of four young children, and a process improvement superfan.


Legacy & Origin

Legacy & Origin

CEDC was established in 1978 to create a bridge between industry and Thayer. Several companies signed on to provide financial support and bring in projects for graduate engineering students, who would work in close collaboration with industry representatives.

Former board member John Brown Cook '29 was an early and enthusiastic supporter of CEDC. After Cook's death in 1979, his widow, Marian Miner Cook, succeeded him on the board and made a significant financial gift to CEDC. Originally called INVENTE, CEDC was then renamed.

Impact & Innovation

Impact & Innovation

During its first five years (1979–1984), more companies joined with an increase in industry-funded research. The Cook Center Associates Program was established in 1983 as a mechanism to generate and maintain a continuing relationship with interested companies.

During Dean Elsa Garmire's tenure, CEDC became a virtual center with a formalized fee structure for projects and processes by which corporate partners were recruited.

Contact Us

Interested companies are encouraged contact us via email: