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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 quickly and economically.

Directed by Professor Sol Diamond, CEDC coordinates industry-sponsored projects for the capstone BE design course sequence (ENGS 89/90) and the MEng design course sequence (ENGG 199.10/199.11).

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 199.10/199.11 Course Sequence

Students in Dartmouth's MEng degree program may elect to complete an industry-sponsored project through the advanced course sequence, "ENGG 199.10/199.11: 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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Solomon Diamond, Director

Professor Sol Diamond grew up in Bath, NH. He received both an AB and BE in engineering sciences from Dartmouth and a PhD in engineering sciences from Harvard, and conducted post-doctoral training at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass General. He joined the Dartmouth engineering faculty in 2007 and currently teaches Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering Design and the ENGS 89/90 capstone sequence. His research focus includes biomedical imaging, magnetic nanoparticles, physiological modeling, brain injury, and cancer diagnostics. He is co-founder and CEO of Lodestone Biomedical, a startup that provides biosensing systems for monitoring tumor microenvironment in preclinical immunology research. Professor Diamond is a member of the Translational Engineering in Cancer Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center as well as a member of IEEE, the American Society for Engineering Education and Tau Beta Pi.

Emma Doherty '21, CEDC Fellow

Emma majored in energy engineering and sustainable design, with a minor in Spanish. As the CEDC fellow, she gathers and works with potential sponsors to scope and define projects for Thayer's capstone course, ENGS 89/90. Her favorite part of the job is working with people and hearing about their innovative ideas, and the opportunity to make the capstone course great for next year's students. Other aspects of the fellowship center around supporting design and design education at Dartmouth.

When not working on the fellowship, Emma is a leader in the Dartmouth Outing Club, works on sustainability and climate justice on campus, and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Copenhagen, Denmark.


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.