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Senior Design January/February 2020
Finding alternate resources for completing senior design projects during the current COVID-19 pandemic
At this time, many (if not all) colleges and universities are on lockdown, students have returned home, and classes have transitioned to online instruction. Students in capstone design courses around the country have no access to their school’s maker spaces and test equipment. Their... Read more
Senior Design September/October 2019
Attitudes Toward Failure in Capstone Design Projects
While working in industry during the 1980s and 1990s, project failures were to be avoided at all costs. For engineers in the medical device industry, these failures could be in the form of: 1) an idea for a new product... Read more
Senior Design January/February 2019
Preparing Students for Medical Device Innovation: Notes from BME-IDEA 2018
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, I attended the BME-IDEA (Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Alliance) meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA. It was the 12th convening of this meeting which was first held in 2003 and precedes the annual BME... Read more
Senior Design July/August 2018
Will the Real Designer Please Stand Up?
In the 1950s and 1960s, there was a popular television show called To Tell the Truth, on which three contestants claimed to be a person with an unusual occupation or distinction. Two of them were impostors, and the other was... Read more
Senior Design January/February 2018
Careers in Academic Research and Industrial R&D
I recently attended the 2017 meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Phoenix, Arizona, during which I spoke to many junior and senior biomedical engineering students about graduate school. When asked about their career goals, many said they were interested... Read more
Senior Design September/October 2017
Tradeoffs in Capstone Design Courses Involving More Than One Discipline
According to a 2015 survey, 5% of capstone design course instructors indicated that their courses involve students from more than one engineering discipline [1]. Students in these courses may hear presentations on topics of common interest and work together on... Read more
Senior Design March/April 2017
Professional Licensure of Biomedical Engineers
Part of our mission at Marquette University (and that of many other schools) is to prepare students for their personal and professional lives after graduation. The goal of our biomedical engineering capstone design course is not just to provide opportunities... Read more
Senior Design November/December 2016
One Size Does Not Fit All
In June 2016, I attended the 2016 Capstone Design Conference in Columbus, Ohio. It was the fifth in a series of conferences starting in 2007 that focus on all aspects of capstone design courses. More than 200 attendees representing 76... Read more
Senior Design July/August 2016
Co-Ops and Capstone Design: Are They Interchangeable?
Many engineering schools in the United States provide opportunities for their undergraduate students to gain practical, real-world experience in their chosen disciplines. Cooperative education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience,... Read more
Senior Design March/April 2016
Faculty Intellectual Property in Capstone Design Projects
A pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts, who, with the help of an adult, build their own cars out of wood. Parents, and occasionally other family members, help the Cub Scout design, carve, paint, add weights, and tune... Read more