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Delivery and Assessment of the Biomedical Engineering Capstone Senior Design Experience

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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"Best" of BED

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23.370.1 - 23.370.16

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Anthony J McGoron Florida International University

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Dr. Anthony McGoron is an associate professor, received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La. and post-doctoral training in Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics from the University of Cincinnati. His first faculty appointment was at UC’s Department of Radiology. He joined FIU in 1999 and was instrumental in the development of the academic programs in Biomedical Engineering (BME). He led the design and implementation of the B.S. in B.M.E. program in 2002, its initial ABET accreditation in 2005, re-accreditation in 2008. He served as the founding advisor for the student chapters of the Biomedical Engineering Society (B.M.E.S.) and the Alpha Eta Mu Beta (A.E.M.B.) Biomedical Engineering Honor society. In 2010 he was elected National president of AEMB. He served as the interim chair of BME from 2007 to 2010. The primary focus of Dr. McGoron’s research is drug delivery and molecular imaging, primarily for cancer, and specifically the development of multimodal drugs that simultaneously image and provide therapy. Efforts include the development of tissue or cell specific contrast agents and probes (both optical and radioactive) for noninvasive molecular imaging of cellular and tissue characterization, for monitoring toxicity, for tracking the biodistribution of known toxins and drugs, and image guided therapy. Dr. McGoron is also developing tools for automatic segmentation and registration of organs and tumors to accurately determine tumor functional and anatomical volumes which is required for accurate dosimetry calculations for image guided therapy and Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) planning.

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Hamid Shahrestani Florida International University, BME

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Harrid Shahrestani designed and implemented departmental strategic plan in line with organizational goals and vision, resulting in improved efficiency and effectiveness. He also led the development and introduction of complex therapeutic and diagnostic devices for Cardiovascular, Urology, Endoscopy, Neurology, Nephrology, Pain Management, Hemo-dialysis, Orthopedic and vascular applications. Shahrestani is skilled in developing and executing strategic solutions, which created a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
He has strong communication and presentation skills to senior management, executive committees and boards of directors. He also has proven ability to break down complex technical subjects and to communicate effectively to different levels of the organization.
Shahrestani earned his M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering and his M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Florida in 2001. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and in 1982 Shahrestani earned the A.S. Electrical Engineering, both from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Michael Edward Brown Florida International University


James Dennis Byrne Florida International University

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James Byrne earned his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the university of Miami (Coral Gables) in 1984. He designed optical systems and integrated optics and laseris into blow cytometers for Coulter Corporation, later Beckman Coulter from 1984 to 1999. He is the research coordinator for the Biomedical Engineering Department at Florida International University. He teaches undergraduate laboratory courses in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Instrumentation. He has mentored many senior design teams in association with other FIU faculty or FIU's industry partners since 2006.

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Capstone Design with Real-World ExperienceThe capstone design course is the most important experience engineering students get duringtheir undergraduate academic careers. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology(ABET) requires that “Students must be prepared for engineering practice through a curriculumculminating in a major design experience”. The capstone senior design sequence at FloridaInternational University consists of three courses for a total of 7 credit-hours over two semesters.Significant effort by the entire faculty is required for a successful outcome and to ensure that allstudents receive a “major design experience” and that there is consistency in expectations andoutcomes among the students and croups. One of the creative components of the program at FIUis that near the end of the first semester of the senior design course sequence a panel of facultymembers reviews each group’s project design written proposal and critiques a 20 minute oralpresentation of their proposal during about 40 minutes of questioning. The company or facultysponsor of the project also attends the oral proposal defense. The faculty panel then approves theproject, does not approve the project, or suggests an expansion or reduction in the scope. Closecoordination with the company or faculty sponsor ensures that the project meets the curriculumrequirements of the BMEBS program and that the scope of the project is realistic. An assessmenttool is completed by each panel member, which is also used to provide input for the students’grades.In the second semester of the capstone senior design sequence students complete the designproject and give a written report and oral presentation of their project to a panel made up ofmembers of the department’s industry advisor board. During the second semester students attendweekly lectures by experts on various topics critical to the success of practicing engineers,including regulatory, intellectual property, marketing, prototyping, responsible conduct ofresearch, and others. These sessions also serve to monitor student and team progress. A singlefaculty member is responsible for coordinating the senior design project course but individualfaculty members mentor individual teams. Most projects are sponsored by companies. Thefaculty mentors ensure that the students are meeting the learning outcomes for the course.Multiple assessment tools are used to evaluate the student learning. Other assessment tools, suchas a Self-&-Peer evaluation and a work effort certification are also used to assess team work.This paper will describe the assessment tools used as well as the individual topics of the course.The paper will also describe the outcomes from the course over the past 4 years.

McGoron, A. J., & Shahrestani, H., & Brown, M. E., & Byrne, J. D. (2013, June), Delivery and Assessment of the Biomedical Engineering Capstone Senior Design Experience Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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