bme-idea meeting 2009

pittsburgh, pa

October 7, 2009

The Alliance was held in conjunction with the Fall BMES meeting of 2009. We had a very successful meeting with a full agenda.


To BME Department Chairs:

You are invited to join us for the 7th meeting of BME-IDEA which will be convened October 7, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA just prior to day the annual meeting of BMES. The Biomedical Engineering – Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (BME-IDEA) is a working group of 95 leading Biomedical Engineering departments across North America.

BME-IDEA is a day-long, working meeting focusing on best practices in innovation, design, technology transfer and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering education. Featured sessions will include foundation leaders discussing emerging program opportunities, sessions on educating global engineers and effective approaches to design and product development education. As chair of your program, these issues are important to you. If you are not able to attend, we invite and encourage you to send an appropriate faculty member from your department.

We will be inviting select programs to prepare 5 – 10 minute “innovation snapshots” highlighting their most novel/innovative developments in graduate-level, experiential-learning courses in medical device innovation. The snapshots will be collected and featured on the BME-IDEA web site to motivate design/innovation/entrepreneurship education initiatives in BME programs worldwide.

Please tell us if your program is offering a graduate-level medical device innovation course and the name of the professor in charge. Send the information to Jack Linehan.

BME IDEA Conference Planning Committee:

James Antaki
Harvey Borovetz
Matt Glucksburg
Christine Kurihara
Amy Lerner
Jack Linehan
Maria Oden
Rob Radwin
David Vorp
Phil Weilerstein
Paul Yock

2009 BME-IDEA Workshop Agenda
Pittsburgh, PA
October 7, 2009
Allegheny III Ballroom – 3rd Floor
Westin Pittsburgh

10/6/09 Participants arrive, check into hotel
10/7/09 BME-IDEA Workshop Agenda
7:30am Breakfast and Workshop Registration: Pick up nametags and program booklets
8:00am Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering – Providing Experiences and an Environment for Creative and Innovative Design
Mini panels will present highlights of emerging practice in three areas of current interest. Panels will include:

  1. Innovations in Preparing for the Undergraduate Design Experience
    Moderator: Amy Lerner
    Preparing students earlier in their undergraduate education for the design process by providing experiences in earlier in the curriculum that produce a design oriented mindset. Presenters will provide brief snapshots of some stage appropriate high impact ways to practice and learn the mindset required to successfully take on design in the context of realistic constraints.
    Joe Tranquillo (Bucknell University)
    Dustin Tyler (Case Western University)
  2. Spaces for Innovation
    Rob Radwin, Moderator
    What are the key aspects of facilities for innovation and prototyping undergraduate BME education? Given diverse activities, what is the best way to develop and outfit spaces for biomedical innovation? Supporting activities from mechanical prototypes to cell culture is a challenge. Presentations will present innovative models and structures to learn and be productive designers for today and into tomorrow.
    Nadine Barrie Smith (Pennsylvania Sate University)
    Vincent Pizziconi (Arizona State University)
    Mark Redfern (University of Pittsburgh)
9:15am Break
9:30am Best Practices in Building Graduate-Level Design Programs in BME, Biomedical Design Programs Incorporating Design and Cognitive Development, and Evolution of Applied Design Programs
Moderators: Jack Linehan, Paul Yock

  1. Innovative New Graduate Student Courses in BME Innovation/Design/Entrepreneurship
    Moderator: Paul Yock
    Snapshots from four programs that teach innovation, design and entrepreneurship. This will be followed by a panel discussion by the group discussing setting up, running and funding these programs.
    Alyssa Panitch (Purdue)
    Mike Marasco (Northwestern)
    Elliot McVeigh (Johns Hopkins)
    Rob Radwin (Wisconsin)
  2. Programs with Dedicated Innovation/Design/Entrepreneurship Fellowships
    Moderator: Jack Linehan
    Snapshots from four programs that offer fellowships in innovaiton, design and entrepreneurship followed by a panel discussion
    Paul Yock (Stanford University)
    Paul Dale (University of Missouri)
    James Geiger (University of Michigan)
    Marie Johnson (University of Minnesota)
11:00am Break
11:15am Research and Tools for Analyzing BME Design Team Projects
Moderator: Phil Weilerstein
To improve design education, engineering educators need to better understand how student teams navigate the design process from concept to prototype. Tools that enable both real time assessment as well as retrospective analysis of the student design process will be presented. These methodologies utilize reflection and online assessments to analyze team effectiveness and accomplishments as the project evolves.
Mary Besterfield-Sacre (University of Pittsburgh)
Larry Schuman (University of Pittsburgh)
12:00pm Case Study of Practical Issues Associated with Commercialization of Medical Devices
Peter DeComo, Former Founder, Chairman & CEO of Renal Solutions, Inc., Currently Chairman & CEO of Alung Technologies, Inc.
Moderator: Jim Antaki
Medical device development and ultimately commercialization can be fraught with pitfalls. The speaker will highlight a case study illustrating real life challenges that must be overcome in order to obtain regulatory approvals followed by commercialization and a successful monetary exit for private and institutional investors. In this case the progress of the company was complicated and costly due to the development of a complex technology which was a first of its kind in the targeted market space and therapeutic application. The company successfully maneuvered through these challenges bringing to market a revolutionary therapeutic modality that will improve the clinical and quality of life outcomes for thousands of patients while at the same time reducing the total cost of care for the health care system.
1:30pm Global BME –Social Impact through BME design
Moderators: Maria Oden, Phil Weilerstein
Engineering Design for Global Health Needs: This workshop will provide a hands-on experience in global health engineering design. Participants will work in teams to develop a solution to a global health design challenge. Experience/consider the process from problem definition, user needs assessment, brainstorming, and prototype design to dissemination and see how global health design projects can be incorporated into a course. Hear short vignettes from faculty who are implementing these kinds of programs in their courses.
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Web-based Resources and Tools for Curricular Innovation
Moderators: Jim Antaki, Amy Lerner
Students in Biomedical Engineering Design programs have become increasingly accustomed to using a wide range of online tools and materials. In this session, we will introduce two new web resources which will launch this fall, and discuss other tools that students currently use.

  1. ebiodesign (
    Presenter: Christine Kurihara (Stanford University)
    This web site will provide guidance and teaching materials for faculty and students in design. As a companion to the Biodesign text, the site is designed to provide innovators with active web links to support the text, relevant content updates, short videos of experts in the field, and links to other useful resources as they apply the biodesign process to projects in industry or academia.
  2. BMEplanet (
    Presenter: Erwin Gianchandani (University of Virginia)
    BMEplanet offers a Web 2.0 collaboration suite with interactive tools for students and other organizations to network and innovate.  The web site will provide a portal for ideas and internships, and project workspace for student design teams.
  3. Student web tools and resources
    Moderator: James Antaki (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Based on input from all participants, we will discuss other web resources that students have found useful for student project management, including the additional challenges and opportunities they present for design in biomedical engineering.
4:00 to 5:30pm Reception – Penn City Grille, 2nd Floor Westin [one floor below meeting room]

October 8, 2009 at BMES

5:30 – 7:00pm BME Idea awards will be presented at BMES in the evening session

Attending Institutions

Arizona State University – Tempe Campus
BME Career Alliance
Boston Scientific, CRM
Boston University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland State University
Duke University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana Tech University
Marquette University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McMaster University
Medical Devices Innovation Institute
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
National Science Foundation
Northwestern University
Ohio State University – Main Campus
Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus
Purdue University
Rice University
Saint Louis University – Main Campus
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Texas A&M
University of Akron
University of Alabama – Birmingham
University of California – Davis
University of California – Irvine
University of California – Riverside
University of California – San Diego
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Ottawa
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St Louis
Wayne State University
Western New England College

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