Undergraduate Studies

Design Teams Program


The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design offers a CBID-Managed BME Undergraduate Design Team Program for undergraduate students. The program consists of a set of nine design team courses offered through the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering — ranked as the #1 biomedical engineering program nationally.

To mimic the design process as practiced in industry, the Design Team program follows the classical design process: problem definition, conceptual design, preliminary design, prototype, redesign, test, and prototype refinement. Over the course of an academic year, 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 unveiled in early May in CBID’s annual Design Day event/showcase/celebration.

Nationally-recognized success

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 CBID undergrad designers that contributes to cementing their future success in biomedical engineering.

Application to the program

Students interested in the CBID-Managed 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 CBID-Managed BME Undergraduate Design Team program as early as their freshman year Spring semester.


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