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Work in Progress: Multidisciplinary, Vertically Integrated Projects Course on 3-D Printed Biomedical Devices

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

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Multidisciplinary Engineering Design II

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Vy-Linh Gale New York University

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Vy-Linh Gale is an undergraduate in her junior year studying Biotechnology with a minor in Computer Science, and is expected to graduate with her BS in 2020 and MS in Biotechnology in 2021.

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Victoria Bill New York University

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Victoria Bill is the MakerSpace Lab Manager and an adjunct professor in the First-Year Engineering Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She studied electrical engineering and received her B.S. from the Ohio State University and her M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jessica Si

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This work in progress paper details the development of a multidisciplinary project-based course focusing on an assistive technology device. The project started as a joint research effort between the school of medicine’s rehabilitation center and the school of engineering’s makerspace in spring of 2016 to develop custom-fit, affordable orthotics for children with cerebral palsy (CP). To facilitate additional students joining the project and develop a self-sustaining research team, the project became a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program course in spring 2018. The course is structured as weekly team meetings with the faculty or graduate student lead and additional consultations and patient fittings coordinated with the medical team. Additional meetings with the medical team to provide medical insight for each design iteration, as well as allow the students to personally meet with and fit the brace onto the patients. This continuous collaboration allows for the engineering students and the medical team to develop common language and tools that are understandable and encourage the intrinsic motivation to work on real-world medical applications many of the students cite as inspiration for their participation.

To develop the brace itself, the team uses 3D scanning to create an accurately sized brace. The brace is then 3D printed and tested with the patient. Students practice design iteration and human-centered design principles as they focus on input from each of the various stakeholders: OTs, doctors, patients, and the graduate student and faculty leads. Future work includes development and assessment of student design and soft skills for this non-traditional course. The VIP program director at the university is piloting a series of workshops to build presentation, problem definition, entrepreneurship, and interviewing skills. As students participate in this course and are encouraged to attend the soft skills workshops, the goal is for them to progress as leaders within their sub-team and mentor new students.

Gale, V., & Bill, V., & Si, J. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Multidisciplinary, Vertically Integrated Projects Course on 3-D Printed Biomedical Devices Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33641

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