The faculty of the Master of Development Engineering are award-winning teachers who do applied research in water and sanitation, agricultural engineering, climate modeling, mobile microscopy, human-centered design, remote sensing and monitoring, big data science, machine learning, economic development, and impact analysis. 

The Master of Development Engineering is offered by the Graduate Group in Development Engineering, an interdisciplinary coalition who hail from over a dozen top rated schools and departments, including the College of Engineering (ranked third nationally and seventh globally), the College of Natural Resources (ranked first nationally for environment and ecology studies), School of Information, School of Public Health (ranked ninth nationally), Haas School of Business (ranked seventh nationally), and College of Environmental Design.