June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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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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