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. Each year, approximately 15 teams of Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students work with clinical sponsors, faculty mentors, professional designers, engineers, and scientists to define and implement an impactful project addressing a significant clinical or research need.
Over the past few years, these Design Teams have completed over 250 medical device projects, upon which the university has filed 40 provisional patents. 16 start-up companies have come out of the program. The program has garnered more than $2M 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.
BME Design Team welcomes mentorship from both clinicians and industry partners. To learn more about the responsibilities and benefits of project mentorship, and how to submit your design challenge, please visit the Department of Biomedical Engineering website: