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Industrial Partnerships in BME Design 2007 BME idea Meeting Jay R. Goldberg, PhD, PE Marquette University Mary Beth Privitera, M. Design University of Cincinnati Introduction Several ways to work with industrial partners Many benefits of industry involvement in BME design courses Students

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industrial partnerships in bme design 2007 bme idea meeting

Industrial Partnerships in BME Design2007 BME idea Meeting

Jay R. Goldberg, PhD, PE

Marquette University

Mary Beth Privitera, M. Design

University of Cincinnati

introduction
Introduction
  • Several ways to work with industrial partners
  • Many benefits of industry involvement in BME design courses
    • Students
    • Faculty
    • University
    • Company sponsors
  • Requirements for successful collaboration
  • Experiences at Marquette University and the University of Cincinnati
industry participation
Industry Participation
  • Guest lecturers
  • Curriculum advisors
  • Design project sponsors and advisors
  • Assistance with prototyping and testing
  • Design competition judges
  • Professional development activities
benefits of industry partners
Benefits of Industry Partners:
  • Students
    • Opportunity to work on real-world problems
    • Exposure to medical device industry/market
    • Experience with project management, product development process
    • Familiarity with constraints of medical device design (technical, economic, regulatory)
    • Up-to-date treatment of topics by guest lecturers
    • Access to resources for prototyping, testing
    • Full-time employment
benefits of industry partners5
Benefits of Industry Partners:
  • Company Sponsors
    • Availability of additional technical resources dedicated to solving problem
      • team of students
      • little or no cost
      • allows work on low priority projects
    • Participation in training of new engineers
    • Advertising of company on campus
    • Access to pool of graduating engineers
benefits of industry partners6
Benefits of Industry Partners:
  • Academic Institutions
    • Building of relationships with industry (research collaboration and grants)
    • Maintenance of high quality design course and design project experience
    • Maintenance of relevant curriculum that prepares students for careers in BME
    • Access to additional resources to complete projects
      • Analytical tools, modeling software
      • Prototype construction
      • Testing
    • Funding to support design programs
requirements for successful partnerships
Requirements for Successful Partnerships:
  • Commitment of time and resources
  • Funding to cover cost of prototypes
  • Intellectual property agreements
    • Nondisclosure
    • Patent assignment
    • Rights to publish
  • Flexibility
experience at marquette
Experience at Marquette
  • Industry advisor
    • Customer needs, technical expertise, design approval
  • Faculty advisor – grading, discipline, etc.
  • Students can sign NDA’s, IP agreements
  • Appropriate two-semester projects:
    • Low priority (attractive to startup companies)
    • New products, line extensions, enhancements
    • Process improvements
    • Design of test equipment, procedures
experience at cincinnati
Experience at Cincinnati
  • All of the above.
  • Partnering company participates as:
    • Team member
    • Holds weekly meetings with team
  • Faculty advisors – manage scope and expectations
    • Match appropriateness of deliverables with level of students participating
    • Recruits various types of students to participate, e.g. Industrial Design, EE, ME, Business, etc.
  • Types of projects:
    • Patient Interface in 5-10 years
    • Tissue measurement devices
    • Clinical Procedure Development
summary
Summary
  • Industry partnerships in BME design:
    • Enhance curricula
    • Enrich project experience
    • Help prepare students for careers
  • Provide many benefits to companies, academic institutions, and students