Within the context of an American land-grant and research extensive university, the College of Design carries considerable responsibility as a center of influence through DESIGN INQUIRY. It addresses the most pressing local and global issues of society and design profession through research, public engagement, and teaching - that prepare the next generations of researchers, practitioners and educators. The College sees the development and success of these activities to be related to its educational mission and strives to create an environment where these activities engage scholars, students and the public. Our faculty, research/extension staff, and students collaborate on a wide range of grant-funded research and outreach projects. Our students have the opportunity to serve as research assistants in the College’s initiatives or to assist faculty with individual research and outreach projects. Working on real-world based projects during their time on campus has made our students some of the most sought after applicants by job recruiters.