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Project-based Learning: Engaging Biomedical Engineering Sophomores Through a Collaborative Vein-finder Device Project with Nursing

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Division for Experimentation & Lab-oriented Studies Technical Session 3

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Rika Wright Carlsen Robert Morris University

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Dr. Rika Wright Carlsen is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Robert Morris University. She also serves as a Coordinator of Outreach for the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Minor in Bioengineering) from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches courses in statics and strength of materials, fluid mechanics, biomedical engineering principles, and biomaterials. Her research interests lie in the areas of injury biomechanics, constitutive modeling, finite element modeling, and bio-hybrid systems.

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Shamika Zyhier Robert Morris University

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Shamika Zyhier is a licensed registered nurse in Pennsylvania. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University (RMU) and lead faculty for Management of Adult Health I. Zyhier earned her RN diploma from West Penn Hospital School of Nursing, BSN from Clarion University, and MSN in Education from RMU. She is earning a doctorate in Instructional Management and Leadership at RMU and expected to complete the Ph.D. requirements in May 2018.

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department Head of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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A new design project in collaboration with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences has been employed as a way to incorporate additional project-based learning into a sophomore-level Biomedical Engineering Principles course.  Project-based learning has been shown to improve student motivation and performance.  It is often implemented in senior-level engineering courses; however, the main goal of this effort was to establish a project that would allow us to incorporate project-based learning earlier into our biomedical engineering curriculum.  The challenge was selecting a project that had real-world applicability, integrated knowledge from several different engineering subjects, resulted in a functional device, and would be appropriate for sophomore-level biomedical engineering students.  The vein finder device project met all of these requirements.  Students worked in teams and applied various skills such as programming, circuit design, soldering, computer-aided design, and rapid prototyping to develop a functional, inexpensive vein finder device, which could be used by nursing students to learn how to locate suitable veins for intravenous insertion.  Student feedback from course evaluations indicated that the design project was effective in increasing student motivation and learning. The study was concluded with preparation of a course assessment report. 

Carlsen, R. W., & Zyhier, S., & Sirinterlikci, A. (2018, June), Project-based Learning: Engaging Biomedical Engineering Sophomores Through a Collaborative Vein-finder Device Project with Nursing Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30903

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