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Biomedical Engineering Design In The New Millennium

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.237.1 - 6.237.3



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Paul King

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Session 2793

Biomedical Engineering Design in the New Millennium

Paul H. King, PhD, PE Vanderbilt University


The recent National Academy of Engineering/ National Research Council publication "Advanced Engineering Environments, Phase 2, Design in the New Millennium1" suggests that design efforts are evolving toward a comprehensive "Advanced Engineering Environment" rather than supporting individual or small group efforts as is most common now. A major result of the effort, and the most interesting, is a series of projections as to the status of various aspects of the design process as envisioned fifteen years from now. Briefly stated, design support applications are evolving toward environments that may or may not involve face-to-face interaction, such as Internet-related technologies and applications such as remote visualization. While the report was written primarily at the request of NASA and therefore has primary impact on NASA and Aerospace Industry planning efforts, the report (and interpretations of it) will have implications for Biomedical Engineering design efforts and plans. This paper will briefly review the National Academy Report, and then will consider current and related future design thrusts and applications in Biomedical Engineering.

1. Advanced Engineering Environments, Phase 2, Design in the New Millennium:

If you are involved in, or planning to be involved in design in the next few years this text is worthwhile reading. It can be purchased from the National Academy Press online or may be read for free by clicking on the link at: The text presents a case for the development of "Advanced Engineering Environments", which are basically web-enhanced, highly interactive design environments in the not too distant future. Virtual reality akin to the Holodeck of Star Trek fame may well be in our near futures, and in fact is introduced as a projection in the prologue of this text.

The recurrent theme of this text is that Advanced Engineering Environments (AEEs) will necessarily be developed in the near future to enable the development of complex new systems, products, and missions, as well as to reduce current development times and costs. As this text was the result of sponsorship by NASA, the text is biased toward problems relating to Space Mission development and related software and hardware needs, as well as toward a request that the US Government do more to speed up development of the field.

The lessons learned in a section reviewing major developments by companies of AEEs will not be lost on the general reader. Boeing’s use of CATIA in airplane design resulted in increased rates of production and lowered cost. Electric Boat’s use of the software and development of modular design dramatically improved their production abilities, and lowered costs. Daimler-

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

King, P. (2001, June), Biomedical Engineering Design In The New Millennium Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--8956

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