Capstone Design Projects
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Projects I and II are capstone BME courses that allow the seniors to engage in brainstorming, design and implementation of their ideas pertaining to the area of biomedical engineering.
- BME4012 (Projects I), taught in Fall, provides an introduction to the biodesign innovation process and examples of medical technology successes and failures. Students form groups, decide on a project type, brainstorm topics for their projects, select an advisor and finalize the project parameters. Project design principles including, specifications, planning, setting milestones and project management are covered in lectures. Students also learn to perform a literature/patent search and identify regulatory issues. They complete the design phase of their biomedical engineering project and submit the final design, budget, project management plan (timeline) and roles for the team members in oral and written format at the end of the semester.
- BME 4023 (Projects II), taught in Spring, is a continuation of Projects I. Here the students complete the construction and testing phases of the design project using the practices, techniques and principles learned in the BME curriculum.. They use the practices and principles learned in the BME curriculum and continue to work as a group to make significant progress in implementing their ideas as well as identify major hurdles. Students are required to give a mid-term written progress report, a final oral presentation, and a project report. In addition to these requirements the students are expected to display their projects for public viewing at the end of the semester.