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About the BME Undergraduate Design Curriculum

Design Throughout The Curriculum

The undergraduate program was founded with design at the heart of the curriculum. We developed a rigorous seven semester, team-based design sequence for our undergraduates to solve real-world, client-based design problems. This design sequence breaks down class boundaries, forms mentored relationships, actively involves each student in the evolution of the design course and department, and engages the students in active learning.

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Project News

Since the start of the BME Design Program, a number of projects has become patented, published, or highlighted in the press.

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Course Sequence

Students work in teams of four to six to solve biomedical engineering design problems. In each of client-based design courses (BME 200, 300, 301, 400 and 402), the students choose a real-world project from a client list composed of faculty throughout the university (particularly engineering, medical and life sciences), clinicians, people with specific biomedical challenges, and industry. Teams are advised closely by the Design Faculty which is a group of Biomedical Engineering faculty and instructors who oversee and meet weekly with two to four projects each.

BME Design curriculum flow
BME Design curriculum

Design Curriculum Phases

Introduction to Design

Freshman in InterEGR 170 work across displicines to solve real-world challenges that general address an unmet need in our community.

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Peer Mentoring

First semester sophomores in BME 200 are teamed up with, mentored, and in part advised by first semester juniors in BME 300 on solving a real-world client-based design project achievable in one semester. This model of sophomore/junior teams promotes peer-to-peer learning and enhances leadership qualities.

Guided Design Fundamentals

Second semester sophomores in BME 201 work in teams to solve a guided project using multidisciplinary hands-on technical (including electronic circuits, programming, 3D modeling in SolidWorks, machining and fabrication, and laboratory techniques) and professional design-based skills taught during the lecture and laboratory sessions.

BME 201 course components
Components of BME 201

Independent Learning

Second-semester juniors in BME 301 start a more difficult real-world client-based design project that usually leads toward their senior capstone design course. The intent is to instill in them the confidence to complete the design process on their own.

Senior Capstone Design

Seniors in BME 400 and BME 402 complete and implement a more complicated real-world client-based design. Most design teams continue their BME 301 project. BME 400 is the semester in which the major work for the project will be completed, then the final testing and evaluation is finalized in BME 402. Teams perform extensive research to fully develop and test their design. They begin to work toward filing a patent and preparing a publication. All students complete an outreach requirement, such as by giving a talk or organizing a hands-on activity in a K-12 classroom.

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Tong Distinguished Lecture Series

Sponsored by Peter and Janet Tong and the Tong Family Foundation

Successful entrepreneurs and innovators in the biomedical industry are invited to address the entire BME Design class at a special event.

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The BME Design program would only be possible with our sponsors.

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