July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
This paper highlights the establishment of an on-campus center for biomedical engineering design and innovation (BioInnovation and Design Lab) that partners with industry to apply design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to solve 21st-century problems across biomedical fields. The students, faculty, and research staff affiliated with the Lab leverage an authentic design process that sources real-world engineering problems and engages multidisciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business professionals in an immersive and iterative prototyping process. To scale and sustain the impact of the Lab, a three-way value proposition was developed that aimed to deliver value to the students, faculty, and external partners. The Lab offers students immersive co-curricular experiences and design projects that enable them to work with real industry customers and expert mentors to gain applied skills that advance their careers in healthcare innovation. It aligns and extends the expertise of faculty through key external partnerships by enabling sponsored industry projects and paving the way for long-term partnerships in select technical areas. The Lab creates value for external partners by undertaking research and design projects that address key business objectives. The activities of the Lab are measured against performance indicators directly related to student training and engagement of faculty and industry mentors and adjusted to improve overall efficiency. In addition, we gathered qualitative data to ascertain the successful delivery of the value propositions. Recent lab alumni and industry partners were surveyed to determine whether they received the value that was promised and expected, as well as to discover why the lab was important to them, and what they valued most. We invited feedback from representatives of the university and school corporate and external relations programs, as well as the members of its advisory board to learn more about the overall value the Lab brings to the university and its stakeholders.
Scott, J. A., & Bouzos, E., & Hendricks, M. P., & Asuri, P. (2021, July), Cultivating Student Adoption of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurial Skills by Addressing Complex Challenges in Healthcare Through Industry Partnerships Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36885
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