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Freshman Biomedical Engineering Design Projects: What Can Be Done?

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.576.1 - 7.576.7



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Paul King

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Your company has been contracted by a wheelchair manufacturing corporation to submit a design for a rooftop wheelchair carrier that will enable a paraplegic to mount his or her intact wheelchair to the roof of a car. Presumably, the person will wheel up to the car, lock the wheelchair brakes, transfer to the driver’s seat, then lower an apparatus from the roof, hook the wheelchair, then return the apparatus (with chair) to the roof.

10 Visualizing Reaction Rates from a Living Cell A simple Matlab program has already been created to calculate 6 key intracellular reaction rates of a living cell for use in bioengineering and biotechnology research. Experimental data serve as inputs into this program and the output consists of 6 calculated rates as well as some statistical parameters. You are being asked to develop a product (code and/or procedure) for taking experimental data and displaying them in one or more descriptive formats (such as a metabolic flux network diagram) suitable for presentations and publications and providing the framework for comparing the analyzed data.

11 Electronic Cough Monitor (EE/CompE/BME) You have been approached by a medical center to develop a system for monitoring the patient’s coughing over a period of 24 hours. A doctor can get help in his diagnosis if he can find out the number and rate of coughing. The system will consist of a sensor to detect the presence or absence of a cough and a commercial chip that can keep track of time and number of coughs. The chip has a serial port built in to it so the doctor can download the data in his office for evaluation. The project will involve identification of a suitable sensor, programming of the commercial chip, and programming a computer serial port for data transfer. Additional circuits may be needed to condition the signal from the sensor for detection by the commercial chip. A cost analysis will also need to be performed.

Thanks to the following faculty at Vanderbilt who proposed and supervised these projects: Dr Bob Galloway, Dr. Todd Monroe, Dr. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Dr. Paul King, Dr. Duco Jansen, Dr. Michael Goldfarb, Dr. Robert Balcarcel, and Dr. Barat Bhuva.

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King, P. (2002, June), Freshman Biomedical Engineering Design Projects: What Can Be Done? Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10418

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