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OPDD
Outdoor Product Design and Development

Welcome to Outdoor Product Design & Development!

Outdoor Product Design & Development provides students passionate about creating products with the knowledge of design principles and aesthetics and technical skills in order to make them come to life. Over the course of 4 years, students will learn the process of product creation, how to communicate design through sketching and digital tools, and how to translate designs into protoypes and final products through hands on projects.

OPDD students can design anything they put their mind to, including ice axes, a line of sustainable apparel, soccer cleats, and many other exciting products!

Students have access to 6 different labs on campus to get their hands dirty and translate their sketches and digital renderings into prototypes and finished products.

Students in OPDD end up working in a variety of full-time positions including designer, technical developer, product line manager, supply chain manager, and more.

OPDD was created with the help of the Industry Advisory Board including representatives from companies including Patagonia, VF Corporation, Black Diamond, and more.

OPDD Student Resources 

Advising

Advising

Contact or schedule an appointment with your advisor to create a plan that is best for you to graduate. 

Find My Advisor

Scholarships

Scholarships

All matriculated OPDD students are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Last year over $30,000 were awarded.

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Internships

Internship

Students looking for their required internships opportunites, or companies looking to advertise can contact staff.

Internship Info

Clubs

Sustainability Certificate

OPDD has partnered with the Outdoor Industry Association to launch the online Outdoor Industry Business Certificate.

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OPDD students and faculty in the news!

Read stories about what students and faculty in the OPDD program are building and creating HERE.

History of Gear Series: Early Winters with Bruce Johnson

History of Gear Series: Early Winters with Bruce Johnson

11/23/2020

On the History of Gear Series, Bruce Johnson talks about the history of Early Winters. Johnson talks about the creation of the Omnipotent, the introduction of the first Gore-Tex parka, and their influence on the marketing of outdoor products.

How Teva Brings New Product to Market

How Teva Brings New Product to Market

11/16/2020

The product development team from Teva visits the Outdoor Product Design & Development program at USU and talks about how they work together to bring new product to market.

History of Gear Series: SAND Pack Company

History of Gear Series: SAND Pack Company

11/09/2020

Chris Leiter joined the History of Gear Series to talk about SAND Pack Company, his creative endeavor to challenge what handmade product can be and help the history of gear live on through new product.


 

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