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Board 30: Work in Progress: Effective Use of Engineering Standards in Biomedical Engineering

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

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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Jeannie S. Stephens University of Delaware

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Jeannie Stephens received her doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Delaware in 2004. Since then, she has been a National Research Council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a post doctoral fellow at Rice University, and a research scientist at DePuy Synthes (companies of Johnson & Johnson). Stephens first joined BME in September 2013 as temporary faculty and is now an assistant professor of instruction and associate director of BME’s undergraduate program. In this role, she will strengthen the department’s connection with the local medical community, both in clinical and industrial settings, in order to foster undergraduate design projects as well as internship and employment opportunities for our students.

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Sarah Ilkhanipour Rooney University of Delaware Orcid 16x16

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Sarah I. Rooney is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Delaware, where she seeks to bring evidence-based teaching practices to the undergraduate curriculum. She received her B.S.E. (2009) and M.S.E. (2010) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and her Ph.D. (2015) in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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In Fall 2015, the use of engineering standards became a requirement in Capstone Senior Design when defining the design metrics for a project. At this same time, the Department also revised the undergraduate curriculum, which has led to the use of engineering standards earlier in the students’ academic career. In sophomore year, the students review the International Standard ISO- 10993, "Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices Part 1: Evaluation and Testing", which is used in screening new medical devices prior to coming to market. The students then run ISO 10993 Part 5: Test for in vitro cytotoxicity. In junior year, the students take Junior Design, which mirrors the four-phase design process used in Senior design (define-concept-create-test). Unlike Senior Design, in Junior Design the entire class works on one project and work on teams of 3-4 people. Each team is tasked with developing a unique and viable solution. We propose that the increased exposure to engineering standards throughout the curriculum will result in better and more frequent use of engineering standards in the Capstone experience. There are three years of data (2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018). Over this time each of the senior classes will have had increased exposure to engineering standards, with 2015-2016 in senior year, 2016-2017 in junior and senior years, and 2017-2018 in sophomore, junior, and senior years. Course evaluations, design reports, and per and post surveys will be used to assess the use of engineering standards.

Stephens, J. S., & Rooney, S. I. (2018, June), Board 30: Work in Progress: Effective Use of Engineering Standards in Biomedical Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30004

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