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Outdoor Product Design and Development

Welcome to Outdoor Product Design & Development!

Outdoor Product Design & Development provides students the opportunity to learn the design principles and technical skills necessary to bring innovative and impactful products to market. 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 



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

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

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

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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.

Dr. Amber Williams

Dr. Amber Williams Joins OPDD Faculty


Utah State University is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Amber Williams as the newest member of the Outdoor Product Design & Development faculty.

Macady Smith Accepts Position at Ibex

Macady Smith Accepts Position at Ibex


Macady Smith, an Outdoor Product Design & Development student at Utah State University, has accepted a job as a Product Development Assistant at Ibex, a company that designs and produces high performance merino wool activewear. Smith is a member of the cl...

Spencer Wyatt

Spencer Wyatt


Spencer Wyatt, Director of Concepts and Surface Design at Allbirds, speaks to OPDD students about his interest in color and materials and the influence of Ninja Turtles on his design career.


Utah Industry Resource Alliance Partner

Utah State University’s Utah Manufacturing Extension Service and the Outdoor Products Design and Development program have combined to create the Manufacturing and Outdoor Products support hub. The two programs also became founding members of the Utah Industry Resource Alliance (UIRA). The UIRA is a vital economic development organization chartered specifically to help Utah manufacturers, industry, and rural Utah businesses. UIRA's primary focus is to Help Utah’s Manufacturers Grow and Thrive. The UIRA serves as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center for Utah, providing services and outreach to all 29 counties. It focuses on improving the bottom line through concepts like process improvement and operational efficiencies, supply chain optimization, and quality systems and certifications. It also focuses on helping companies grow through new technologies, workforce development, strategic planning, and expanded markets.

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