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Board 16: Work in Progress: Bridging Research and Entrepreneurship - Master’s Certificate in Translational Biomedical Research at Northwestern University

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Biomedical Division Poster Session

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Biomedical Engineering

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Gloria J. Kim Northwestern University

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Gloria Kim is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. She also a courtesy faculty member with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. She obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, and nanotechnology.

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Casey Jane Ankeny Northwestern University

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Casey J. Ankeny, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University. Casey received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in 2012 where she studied the role of shear stress in aortic valve disease. Currently, she is investigating cyber-based student engagement strategies in flipped and traditional biomedical engineering courses. She aspires to understand and improve student attitude, achievement, and persistence in student-centered courses.

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Mark James Fisher Northwestern University

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Mark teaches product development and entrepreneurial classes at Northwestern University in addition to consulting to a variety of medical device companies and global health non-profits in the US and internationally. He has thirty plus years of product development experience in industry and in consulting. Mark has a particular interest in developing curricula focussed on providing students with both the engineering and non-engineering skills required to be successful in careers in industry and in applied research.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has made a major push to fund translational medicine, especially within biomedical research. The demand for biomedical engineers with an understanding about the science of translation and practical experience is expected to grow. Northwestern University’s Master’s Certificate in Translational Biomedical Research is an interdisciplinary certificate program designed to immerse the students in the integrative approach and experience needed to take their engineering background to the clinical space and industry. The certificate program capitalizes on the existing extensive research collaborations of the BME Department with the schools of medicine, arts and sciences, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), as well as industry relationships formed through faculty, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, alumni and advisory board members. This certificate program distinguishes itself from existing programs within Northwestern University and translational Master’s programs offered at other peer institutions in the background of the participating students and its focus. Participants are recruited from the Master’s students within the school of engineering. The curricular focus is on the integration of engineering in the translational pathway. The program is positioned bridge research and entrepreneurship. Currently, our coursework-based Master’s students can participate in research through independent research. NUvention courses offers them the opportunity to partake in product and customer development by working in an interdisciplinary team with a focus on entrepreneurship. The certificate program provides the link between these domains. Certificate program students acquire knowledge through coursework, engage in a 6-month internship that meets the actual needs of the medical community, and learn how innovations transition to use for the improvement of health. The program is currently being piloted with BME Master’s students who started their internships in Summer 2017. To evaluate the program, we will use both quantitative and qualitative methods. The quantitative method will involve assessing student performance and perception. Entrance surveys, exit surveys, and course evaluations will be used to collect data. The qualitative method will involve interviews with students, course instructors, and internship mentors. Survey and interview questions will be developed by working with Northwestern University’s Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching. The results of the analysis will be then used to reflect on the curriculum and form a basis for possible future revisions.

Kim, G. J., & Ankeny, C. J., & Fisher, M. J. (2018, June), Board 16: Work in Progress: Bridging Research and Entrepreneurship - Master’s Certificate in Translational Biomedical Research at Northwestern University Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29964

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