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Cultivating Student Adoption of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurial Skills by Addressing Complex Challenges in Healthcare Through Industry Partnerships

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 3

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36885

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https://peer.asee.org/36885

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28

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Julia A. Scott Santa Clara University

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Julia Scott is a researcher at the BioInnovation and Design Lab of Santa Clara University. She trained as a neuroscientist at the University of California, Davis. In her current role, she manages projects relating to brain-computer interfaces, as well as machine learning applied to medical imaging and clinical decision support tools.

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Evangelia Bouzos Santa Clara University

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Evangelia Bouzos earned her BS in Bioengineering and MS in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University. She is an alumni of the BioInnovation and Design Lab and has participated in the Lab in multiple ways, as student researcher during undergrad and as a program manager during her masters program. Currently, she participates in the Lab as an industry mentor to three student teams and serves as a member of the BioInnovation and Design Lab young alumni advisory board.

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Matthew Philip Hendricks Santa Clara University

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Matthew P. Hendricks has 13 years of experience facilitating institutional fundraising and partnerships across the industry, philanthropic, governmental, and social sectors. At Santa Clara University, he supports an impact-driven, scaffolded model designed to validate, implement, sustain, and scale high-potential initiatives and partnerships. These efforts seek to build upon internal strengths, fill gaps through the identification of partners of choice, and leverage funding from multiple external sources. Matthew earned his BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University.

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Prashanth Asuri Santa Clara University

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Dr. Prashanth Asuri joined the Bioengineering faculty at Santa Clara University in Fall 2011 after holding research positions in academia and industry. Dr. Asuri earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.B.A. with a focus on Leading Innovative Organizations from Santa Clara University. His research efforts focus on the design and development of simple in vitro platforms to understand complex in vivo phenomena. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to tissue engineering, biomaterials, and bioinnovation. Dr. Asuri also serves as the Director of SCU's BioInnovation and Design Lab that partners with industry to empower students to discover, innovate, and address complex challenges within healthcare.

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Abstract

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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