Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Students Looking for Problems to Solve

Have you ever wanted to explore options for addressing a clinical or surgical idea to improve a product or technique? The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program at GA Tech is seeking projects and faculty advisors from Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine for its senior capstone design course. If you have a clinical or surgical oriented idea or "problem," you can work with a team of senior BME students in developing and testing a potential solution. BME has student team projects beginning in the summer (May), fall (August), and winter (January) semesters. If you are interested in suggesting a project, please send a brief description (3-5 sentences) of the idea/problem/idea.

Last semester, there were 37 different projects being addressed by teams of BME students. Previous advisors have found working with a student team very rewarding in learning about the phases of: design research; generation of engineering alternatives; prototyping and testing; and the FDA 510(k) regulatory pathway for medical device clearance. Examples of past projects include:

  • Intergraded surgical patient monitoring device to reduce "cable clutter"
  • Wearable personal activity device for predictive healthcare
  • Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) improvement for hemodialysis access
  • Defibrillator designed for small animals used in clinical investigative studies
  • Safety device for central venous line insertion

In exchange for having a team of students working on your particular problem, you are asked to provide about 10-12 hours of your time during a semester on the following:

  • 2-3 meetings a semester with your project team
  • Provide feedback on project deliverables and team reports
  • End of semester assessment of team's performance
  • If possible, attend the end of semester project presentation

Additional information on the capstone course, timelines, and project deliverables is available.

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