The BME Undergraduate Design Team Program supports more than 15 teams of undergraduates each year as they develop solutions to some of the most challenging and important healthcare needs in the world.
The BME Undergraduate Design Team curriculum is an intense 18-month long process that includes clinical immersion, problem identification and description, concept development and evaluation, prototyping and testing, and verification. Throughout the process, student teams work with clinicians, engineers, and experienced industry advisors to design, build, and test devices that solve significant health care needs. Their projects are celebrated in early May at BME’s annual Design Day
Over the past few years, these design teams have completed 66 medical device projects, upon which the university has filed nine provisional patents (with three patent applications pending) and negotiated two licensing agreements. The program has garnered more than $1M in external funding since 2001 in the form of three program grants, more than two dozen project grants and countless awards in national design and business plan competitions. Project successes translate into recognition for undergrad designers that contributes to cementing their future success in biomedical engineering.
Students interested in the BME Undergraduate Design Team program should be prepared to want to work hard, learn a lot and have fun while doing it. The BME Design Team program details and requirements can be found in the The BME Undergraduate Handbook (see page 13). Application should be made to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students are eligible to apply to the BME Undergraduate Design Team program as early as their freshman year Spring semester.