Product Architecture & Engineering Master's Degree

Product Architecture & Engineering Master's Degree

Exploring Innovations in Design, Fabrication and Advanced Digital Media

Product Architecture and Engineering at Stevens blends architecture, engineering, and industrial design to find elegant and effective solutions for building and construction challenges. Centered around Carnegie Laboratory, which has for over a century embodied the state-of-the-art in manufacturing, PAE embraces the latest tools, processes, and aesthetics in the pursuit of holistic design innovations. Students utilize completely the capacities of a high-caliber engineering and science university to develop customized materials encompassing exquisite form and unparalleled functionality.

The central goals and objectives of this program are:

  • The interdisciplinary study of Industrial Design, Engineering and Architecture with nascent production methodologies and emerging materials
  • The exploration of expressive form and integrated functional capabilities
  • The immersion into advanced digital media and its impact on design
  • The performance of interactive physical and digital environments
Engineering Innovations in Education

A dramatically multi-disciplinary faculty, student body, and curriculum gives the Product Architecture and Engineering graduate program a bold reputation among the region's top architecture and engineering firms. The current student body - a mix of architects, engineers, product designers, mathematicians, and computer scientists - are grouped in interdisciplinary teams that study product design, buildings, and their component parts, with an emphasis on understanding design and production technologies, so that they may seek innovative ways to build sophisticated forms.

Graduate students collaborate with faculty and industry professionals for clients in the New York City area and beyond. The immersive curriculum and applied research opportunities prepares students for commercial employment in a fast-paced industry after graduation.

The objective of the program is to encourage future design and building professionals to embrace collaborative work methods as they pursue nascent topics in design in the context of manufacturing methodologies and advanced material studies. The program brings into question long-standing and separate traditions in the education of designers and engineers, and in doing so forges a distinctive fusion of design culture, technology, and services.

Advanced Digital Media Lab

The Product-Architecture Laboratory has captured the national attention of innovators in the design industry. Gehry Technologies of Los Angeles, Tri-Pyramid Structures, an integrated design and manufacturing company in Westford, MA, as well as BitForms, a world-renowned NYC art gallery involved in the convergences of art and technology, are among the program's research collaborators.


The core classes and the recommended courses from the Department of Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

Core Courses
ME Courses
PAE 610 The Creative Form and the Digital EnvironmentME 520 Analysis and Design of Composites
PAE 620 The Creative Form and the Production EnvironmentME 564 Principles of Optimum Design and Manufacture
PAE 630 Introduction to Interactie Digital MediaME 635 Simulation and Modeling
PAE 640 Performative EnvironmentsME 566 Design for Manufacturability

PAE 800 Product Architecture & Engineering Design Project



The remaining two courses to fulfill the degree requirements will comprise either two electives or one elective and a thesis.

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"Product Architecture at Stevens is perhaps one of the most innovative programs in design education today.  Gehry Technologies' partnerships and collaborations with the program have been tremendously fruitful, and graduates of the program are extensively recruited by organizations at the front lines of design innovation"

Dennis R. Shelden, Ph.D.,
Chief Technology Officer,
Gehry Technologies

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"The Graduate Program in Product-Architecture and Engineering at Stevens stresses the true understanding of design on a fundamental level. In this method, design is intuitive, robust and embraced wholeheartedly, and in doing so, positions invention as well within the reach of the author."

Matthew Melnyk
Buro Happold Engineers

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Sustainable Engineering & Design

Progressive design has always demonstrated a concern for humans' relationship with the environment. Stevens Sustainable Engineering initiative emphasizes students' ability to develop technologies and materials that preserve environmental integrity while supporting human endeavors.

Program Director

Industry Professor John Nastasi has more than two decades of professional architecture and design experience. He has received many honors and awards for his designs, and has published widely on his efforts in advancing the integration of architecture and engineering.


Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at