The CDIO Initiative

The CDIO Initiative:

Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate

The CDIO Initiative is an international collaboration between engineering schools to redevelop engineering education to meet the needs of industry. Similar in nature to the "Integrated Learning" initiative of the Faculty of Applied Science, the CDIO Initiative stresses the use of "active learning" tools, such as group projects and open-ended problems. A syllabus has been developed covering the skills and attributes a graduating engineer should have, ranging from technical knowledge to communications and professional skills. Furthermore, CDIO provides resources for instructors to improve their teaching abilities.

The basis of CDIO was conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the late 1990s, but it has since grown to include schools from across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) has been an official collaborator of the CDIO Initiative since December 2003.

  • Students can get information on what CDIO means for them at CDIO for Students.
  • Instructors can see what kind of resources CDIO offers them at CDIO for Faculty.
  • For more information on the history, context and goals of the CDIO Initiative, see CDIO Internationally.
  • To see how the CDIO Initiative is being implemented at Queen's University, go to CDIO at Queen's University.
  • Several surveys of alumni and students have been taken since the department joined the CDIO Initiative, for information on them go to CDIO Surveys.
  • Members of the department have published several papers related to the CDIO Initiative, descriptions of and links to them are given at CDIO Papers.
  • The official CDIO website is