Seeking sponsors for medical device design project

November 11, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Biomedical Engineering Department is seeking faculty, physicians and clinicians who have ideas for medical devices to sponsor student team design projects during the Winter Term 2017 for BME 450. This is a good opportunity to have a team of BME seniors vet an idea for a novel medical device or biomedical research device.

Project sponsors mentor these BME student teams through the process of problem identification, brainstorming, detailed design, prototype building and testing. Projects should be defined to the extent that the problem is known and the sponsor has some idea of device requirements, but should also be open-ended enough to allow students to explore possible innovative solutions.

The project most involve the design of a prototype — software may be included, but the focus must be on hardware design.

Level of sponsor involvement is as follows:

  • Complete a project information form, which includes a description of the problem, project goals, deliverables, etc.
  • Facilitate contacts and opportunities for students to better understand the problem within the clinical setting, as needed
  • Meet occasionally with the team to discuss progress and provide input (approx. every 2-3 weeks)
  • Provide funds for the fabrication and testing of the prototype
  • Attend the team’s presentations in mid-April

In the past, BME students have developed diagnostic microfluidic devices, imaging phantoms, rehabilitation devices, a novel bronchoscopic lavage device, a neuropathy detector and a pressure ulcer mat.  In a few cases, publications and patents have come out of these efforts.

For more information, check out the department website.

The submission deadline for projects is Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.  Please contact Rachael Schmedlen at 734-763-0575 or via email ( if you have any questions.