The Design Program at U-M BME is an intensive, hands-on program that places students in a simulated incubator environment, solving problems for real clients with faculty guidance and professional mentorship. Each course builds upon previous offerings to produce innovative, industry-ready biomedical engineers.
Paper design of a novel diagnostic test
Semester instrumentation design
Semester design-build-test (DBT)
Year-long DBT-retest (DBTR)
Year-long DBTR + implement
(commercialization, regulation, and patentability)
Benefits to Students:
- Applied learning in design-build-test-retest sequence
- Focus on team dynamics, brainstorming, idea selection and refinement, and technical communication skills
- Exposure to intellectual property, funding and budgeting
- Clients include local industry and clinicians, plus faculty from engineering, medicine, dentistry, public health
- Commercialization resources and mentors from business school and Center for Entrepreneurship
- Network of professional contacts and portfolio of design work
- Specialization options in areas such as global health design
- Access to design-related resources
Benefits to Industry and Clinical Participants:
The industry and clinical professionals who work with our design students ask to participate again and refer colleagues because of the high-caliber ideas our students generate. Combining the talent and motivation of BME design students with strong technical coaching and the ability to focus intensively on a particular problem has led to both improvements on existing technologies as well as completely novel solutions that have gone on to win design awards, formed the basis of journal articles, and secured provisional patents.
- ENG 100: 2PILL Diagnostic Test for Colon Cancer
- BME 458: System for Measuring Fitness Signals During Exertion
- BME 450: Adjustable Robotic Ankle Exoskeleton
Bi-directional Multi-drive System for Neural Implants
- BME 451/452: Hemolysis Unit for Red Blood Cell Fragility Analysis
- BME 599: An Endoscope Attachment to Remove Blood Clots in the Stomach
ASME iShow 2009 Semifinalists.
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