1. Why Participate?
  • More than a Design Challenge

    The 3M Disruptive Design Challenge (DDC) uses principles of project-based learning to help students transform their ideas into innovative designs. Learn about the benefits for both students and professors below.

    For Students

    Participating in the 3M DDC can help refine your career path and set you apart from others—see why:

    • Narrow your interest within engineering to specific industries or bonding solutions
    • Forge connections with the engineering community through mentorship, networking and teamwork
    • Enhance your resume and grad school applications with the widely-respected 3M brand name recognition
    • Learn new ways to solve engineering challenges with modern bonding solutions
    • Win a cash prize that can help offset college expenses

    For Professors

    Give your students an opportunity to flex their engineering, creativity and critical thinking skills. Explore the advantages of engaging tomorrow’s engineers in DDC:

    • Facilitate organic connections between undergraduate students and university alumni
    • Boost classroom morale through healthy competition
    • Support students with tips on “soft skills” such as teamwork and delegation
    • Receive exclusive access to 3M’s Human Resources team for on-campus recruiting events
    • Expand student’s knowledge base of chemical bonding solutions and adhesives


Each member of the winning team will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and bragging rights for a year! The supporting professor of the winning team will be presented with an official plaque to recognize their commitment.

All DDC participants will receive a three-day, expense-paid trip to 3M’s global headquarters in Maplewood, MN with stipends for travel, meals and hotel accommodations. All teams will have the opportunity to network with 3M engineers, faculty and advisors during this two-day event.

Student participants will each receive a certificate of completion from 3M and will be able to reference successful participation on their résumés.

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  • Participating Universities

    Learn more about the engineering programs at each participating university.

  • Mentors

    Meet the 3M leaders helping to guide their teams to success.