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‘Historical’ Rapid Design Challenge for Bioengineering Senior Design

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Design in the Curriculum

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24.1409.1 - 24.1409.9



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James D. Sweeney Florida Gulf Coast University

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JAMES D. SWEENEY is Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Software Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1988 and 1983, respectively, and his Sc.B. Engineering degree (Biomedical Engineering) from Brown University in 1979. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served as the 2009-10 Program Chair and 2010-11 Division Chair for the Biomedical Engineering Division of the ASEE.

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Kristine R. Csavina Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus

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Dr. Kristine Csavina recently joined the faculty of the Department of Engineering & Computing Systems at Arizona State University Polytechnic campus, where she is the Associate Director for Engineering Program Innovation. Currently she is the instructor for the senior capstone design experience and active with the ABET accreditation process for the department, among other courses and responsibilities. Dr. Csavina came to the Polytechnic campus from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she was one of the founding faculty of the U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering. As an assistant professor from 2007-2012, she helped develop the curriculum for the bioengineering design courses and was involved in teaching courses from the sophomore to senior levels. Dr. Csavina received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Dayton in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 2003. Her research interests range from motion analysis of human motion in movement disorders, orthopedics and sports to engineering education research in student learning, pedagogical approach, and K-12 outreach initiatives.

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Lisa Zidek Florida Gulf Coast University

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Lisa A. Zidek is the Associate Dean in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering and Associate Professor in Bioengineering. She received her PhD in Industrial Engineering Health Care Management from the University of Wisconsin. She has served as the Vice President of Student Development for the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is an ABET Program Evaluator for Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology and General Engineering programs. Her research interests are in engineering education, with particular emphasis on engineering entrepreneurship and service learning. She was selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Fellows program.

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‘Historical’ Rapid Design Challenge for Bioengineering Senior DesignAbstractBioengineering senior design at XXXX is a two-semester experience that follows a substantialjunior-level design sequence that includes design for manufacturing, design for engineeringentrepreneurship, as well as biomedical engineering product design. For a number of years wehave introduced students (in their teams) to the senior design experience with a ‘rapid designchallenge’ (RDC), inspired by a similar challenge reported previously by Tranquillo andCavanagh (2009 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings). The XXXX senior design RDCexperience has been very popular, and an effective means to introduce students to workingeffectively in their teams, ‘upping the ante’ on open-ended design expectations for the senioryear, and giving students and teams an opportunity for early success (and failure) in a quick butintense ‘low stakes’ design challenge prior to committing to their full-scale ‘higher stakes’ seniordesign projects. In the fall semester of 2013, the lead author as XXXX bioengineering seniordesign instructor has taken a different tack to the subject matter of the RDC, which previouslyhas focused on technically simple medical device problems. A ‘historical’ theme has been usedwhere students have been called upon to envision that they are biomedical engineers of the year1901 – and their task is to design a novel electrical stimulation device to required (and at theiroption preferred) specifications and using only the technolog(ies) and knowledge of that time.The intent of this ‘historical’ rapid design challenge has been to (i) constrain solution pathwaysto technologies based for the most part on simple (but sometimes elegant) principles of physicsand engineering (hopefully reinforcing their knowledge and confidence from earlier courseworkin physics, mechanics, circuits, and instrumentation), (ii) encourage students to use their life-long-learning skills for information searching to explore the technologies and inventions of thetime (including patents), and (iii) introduce a different and thought-provoking ‘fun’ twist to analready successful RDC process. This paper will report on the details and outcomes of this‘historical’ rapid design challenge format for bioengineering senior design in contrast to theRDC in prior years, including faculty and student perspectives and lessons learned.

Sweeney, J. D., & Csavina, K. R., & Zidek, L. (2014, June), ‘Historical’ Rapid Design Challenge for Bioengineering Senior Design Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19897

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