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Four Year Biomedical Engineering Design At The Milwaukee School Of Engineering

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.269.1 - 4.269.8

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Vincent R. Canino

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John D. Gassert

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Session 2309


John D. Gassert, Ph.D., P.E., Vincent R. Canino, Ph.D., P.E. Milwaukee School of Engineering


A unique feature of the design process at MSOE is the Biomedical Engineering “senior design project” that begins in term two of the freshman year. Each student must apply to become a member of a particular team and most students will stay in that design team. During the next ten quarters, the students are expected to apply course material pertinent to their engineering project and present that application to their design advisor within two weeks of completion of each quarter. In the second quarter of the junior year, each team presents their final project specifications to the faculty, students and invited guests. In the spring quarter of the junior, each design team begins work on subsystem design specifications. These specifications are then refined into design specifications and a prototype during the senior year. This process culminates in a design show in which the products and design are judged.

Continual and progressive assessment of a student’s progress is crucial to the success of the design team. The team’s faculty advisor uses clearly defined “Engineering Design Policies and Procedures,” regularly scheduled meetings with the team, scheduled formal and informal oral reports, a formal feasibility study, and the students’ continuous use of an engineering logbook to perform this assessment. The fourth group of students is completing this design sequence in May of 1999. The resulting senior engineering design projects have been highly successful because of the continual assessment of the teams’ performance by their individual faculty advisor and the BE program faculty.


Biomedical Engineering began at MSOE in 1972 as a Bio-Environmental Engineering Technology program. Soon after, it became a Biomedical Engineering Technology program and was accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. This program became a Biomedical Engineering program and was accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in 1989. Over the past 26 years the MSOE BE program has gained respect as a leader in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering education and is currently one of two accredited programs in Wisconsin. The majority of students who enroll in BE at MSOE are from the Midwest. However, our national and international reputation has drawn students from all over the United States, South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and India.

Students interested in this program are taught that the word biomedical is a modifier to the word engineering. The BE curriculum at MSOE contains a core sequence of courses commonly found in all engineering curricula. In addition to the customary engineering science

Canino, V. R., & Gassert, J. D. (1999, June), Four Year Biomedical Engineering Design At The Milwaukee School Of Engineering Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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