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A Survey of Biomedical Design Projects to Inform Skill Development in a New Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Biomedical Engineering Curriculum and Design - June 24th

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Biomedical Engineering

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27

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34065

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https://peer.asee.org/34065

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Kelsey Nicole Warren Kansas State University

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Kelsey Warren is pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Her interests include biomedical engineering education, leadership training, and hands-on design as a learning modality for K-12 and post-secondary education. Ms. Warren is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

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Charles Carlson Kansas State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4293-3090

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Charles Carlson received a B.S. degree in physics from Fort Hays State University in 2013, and B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (EE) from Kansas State University (KSU) in 2013, 2015, and 2019, respectively. In 2015, from January to July, he was an engineer at Black & Veatch in Kansas City. He is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor in the KSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Carlson is interested in engineering education, biotechnology, and bioinstrumentation. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

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Steve Warren Kansas State University

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Steve Warren received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University (KSU) in 1989 and 1991, respectively, followed by a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Dr. Warren is a Professor in the KSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and he serves as the Program Coordinator for the KSU Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Degree Program. Prior to joining KSU in August 1999, Dr. Warren was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He directs the KSU Medical Component Design Laboratory, a facility partially funded by the National Science Foundation that provides resources for the research and development of distributed medical monitoring technologies and learning tools that support biomedical contexts. His research focuses on (1) plug-and-play, point-of-care medical monitoring systems that utilize interoperability standards, (2) wearable sensors and signal processing techniques for the determination of human and animal physiological status, and (3) educational tools and techniques that maximize learning and student interest. Dr. Warren is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Abstract

Hands-on design projects are widely used in engineering curricula to improve hardware/software skills, develop design mindsets, and tie real-world problems to engineering curricula with an eye toward increased student engagement and retention. In Fall 2018, Kansas State University (KSU) accepted its first cadre of incoming freshmen into a new Biomedical Engineering (BME) degree program. In an effort to increase the effectiveness of the program’s design courses, which will be offered annually to students of various ages beginning in Fall 2020, the authors performed a search of recent engineering education literature related to the inclusion of design projects in undergraduate BME curricula, focusing on (a) projects that could be reasonably incorporated into courses that support undergraduate students with little-to-no design experience, (b) efforts that map to the emphasis areas for this new BME program, (c) student-learning assessment techniques that have proved useful in these hands-on contexts, and (d) projects that would make interesting recruiting examples for high school students considering such a program. The overall goal of this work is to allow lessons learned from these earlier efforts to inform projects offered as part of this new BME curriculum. This paper presents (1) an overview of this new curriculum, (2) the skillsets that this new BME program intentionally addresses and the courses that will support that skillset development, (3) BME project-based efforts described in the literature that relate thematically to the emphasis areas in this curriculum, (4) assessment methods that have appeared useful when applied to such projects, and (5) suitable categories of starter projects for this new curriculum, including those that can be prototyped prior to the Fall 2020/2021 onset of the initial junior/senior-level design sequences.

Warren, K. N., & Carlson, C., & Warren, S. (2020, June), A Survey of Biomedical Design Projects to Inform Skill Development in a New Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34065

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