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Milwaukee colleges teaming up on new industrial design, engineering program

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Two Milwaukee colleges will work together on a new industrial design and engineering program for students at both schools.

Marquette University’s engineering school will collaborate with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design on a joint curriculum with elements from each facility.

The idea is to give undergraduate students a broader program that lets them be more creative in solving problems in their fields.

Art and Design Institute president Neil Hoffman says his school and Marquette want to integrate programs. He says they look at the same things differently – and a joint program will help students think better.

The goal is to start the collaboration in the fall of 2015.

Marquette and the Art and Design school have worked on smaller collaborations in the past seven years – including a problem solving project for bio-medical and industrial design students.

The Bradley Foundation and an anonymous donor came up with $200,000 for developing the new curriculum over the course of a year. The two schools are raising matching funds for a second year of development work.