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Special projects are designed for Master of Industrial Technology and Operations (MITO) students as well as participants in the International Alliance Program (IIT Paris/IIT Europe Program).  IIT Europe students come from overseas technical universities to IIT to complete a project while also satisfying graduate level requirements at their home university. Each student may select and research a topic that is directly related to their academic and professional goals and interests. Students interested in pursuing a graduate special project should make an appointment to discuss their project ideas with Mr. Mazin Safar, INTM Program Director (

Below are a few featured projects:

Construction of a Bottle Engraver (Mats Jonsson, Spring 2015) 

This visiting IIT undergraduate studying Mechatronics at Chalmers University in Sweden, designed a desktop bottle engraving device for his own personal use, made entirely from Open Source software and materials.

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Internationalization strategies adopted by companies with operations in the United States and in Brazil (Jose Campos Garcia, Spring 2015)

To better understand the business and cultural issues related doing business in the U.S. and Brazil, this IIT student from the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) did a comparative study focusing on companies in the consulting, automotive, and machinery businesses.

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