Design Innovation, shared by all, owned by none.

At Kent State, we are enlightening a new generation of critical thinkers by connecting disciplines to develop novel solutions to grand, global and everyday challenges. Where design and innovation meet, this collaborative initiative is unveiled in a new light as we discover creative, interdisciplinary solutions that our 21st century world is looking for – from concept to application. The Design Innovation (DI) Initiative focuses on the development of solutions by reaching across academic fields and partnering with industry to enhance collaboration and communication skills, critical thinking and creativity. Design Innovation is an ecosystem of physical, human and intellectual resources to help students find their purpose.


  • Epi-Case Collaboration

    Epi-Case Collaboration

    This student team worked together to invent, design and manufacture smartphone cases that contain vital medication and are smaller and less expensive than the EpiPen.

  • Kaycee’s Story

    Kaycee’s Story

    Kaycee Marshall, ’19, created an eveningwear collection to empower women in wheelchairs, allowing the wearers to gain confidence, feel beautiful and be fashionable.

The DI Initiative fosters partnerships between departments, disciplines, programs and content areas to teach students to synthesize and apply their majors in hands-on ways. Students will apply this knowledge to solutions that help their local communities and impact the larger society. The initiative will bring together ideas and innovations from many disciplines including: aeronautics, art, design, engineering, brain health, sustainability, biochemistry, marketing, advanced materials science/liquid crystals, computer science, fashion and entrepreneurship.