Seeking design projects for biomedical engineering class

June 23, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Biomedical Engineering Department is seeking faculty, physicians and clinicians with ideas for medical devices and/or research devices to sponsor student team design projects during the 2017-2018 academic year. The opportunity will allow a team of BME seniors to vet an idea for a novel medical device or biomedical research device.

Project sponsors mentor the 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 (~ every 2-3 weeks)
  • Attend the team’s presentations in early December and 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, click here.

The submission deadline for projects is Monday, July 10.

Questions? Contact Rachael Schmedlen at 734-763-0575 or at