Design Program: Ways to Get Involved



Type of Participation

Listed from maximum to minimum commitment

ENG 100

BME 450/499

BME 599

Project sponsor/client

Highest level of involvement - provide financial support for project materials, present problem and possible solutions, available throughout course. Benefit is potential generation of viable designs.

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Clinical lecturer*

Provide clinical lecture and brainstorming session. If topic is chosen by students, serve as clinical mentor/resource during second semester. Benefit is potential generation of viable designs.

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Guest lecturer

Offer lecture and readings on specialized engineering or business topic.

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Presentation reviewer

Attend team presentations, offer feedback and questions.

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Technical resource

Serve as technical expert on particular topic, as needed.

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Material donor

In-kind donations of equipment, tools, or material useful to student work.

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Equipment fund donor

Donations to this fund support the purchase of capital equipment.

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Design fund donor

Donations to this fund support fabrication costs for student prototypes.

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*Clinicians whose problems are not selected by a 599 team are invited to present them to BME 450/499 classes to be addressed.

To give to the design program online click the "Give Now" button and make sure to adjust your percentage of donation to the "BME - Design Program Support" area.

Please e-mail us at bme-design@umich.edu to share your interest in supporting this innovative program.

Industry collaborators - Click here to see some of the people and organizations supporting the U-M BME Design Program.

A Note on IP:
A testament to the innovative, well-developed output of BME design students is that intellectual property is an important consideration for these classes. In general, students' stake in a project's IP increases as course demands increase. Individual course materials spell out IP arrangements and options, but the guiding principle is that IP is owned by the individuals who contribute to the design - typically the students and the client if s/he makes an inventive contribution to the design. In most cases, U-M owns the IP developed by U-M faculty.