Pitt | Swanson Engineering
MEDICAL PRODUCT ENGINEERING Track

Track Coordinator: Mark Gartner (mgartner@ension.com)

Students choosing the Medical Product Engineering (MPE) Track will leverage the medical product design process to identify unmet clinical needs and develop products that contribute to human health and welfare. Facets of this process include customer discovery, design conceptualization and prototyping, identification of appropriate regulatory and reimbursement pathways, and application of key elements of the FDA Quality System Regulation with particular focus on the Design Controls. In addition, MPE requires student exposure to other elements unique to the medical product design process including clinician, patient, and caregiver interaction, risk identification and management, economic considerations, and implementation of computer-aided design and simulation tools. The MPE Track provides students the option to pursue a technical or business focus via customization of individual curriculums to align with their post-graduation plans. For example, the MPE business focus intends to provide expanded exposure to business model discovery techniques, facets of business management unique to the development of medical products, and an understanding of the marketing and management of medical products.

Approved electives are chosen to provide options to achieve a MPE technical or business focus consistent with the student’s post-graduate goals described in their COMPREHENSIVE ELECTIVES PLAN (CEP). The CEP should reflect why selected courses are important to helping realize their post-graduate goals. The approved track electives list is not static allowing students to petition the Track Coordinator to have new courses placed on the list. Importantly, students may request approval from the Track Coordinator for an individual exception of a course relevant to their CEP but not listed in the technical electives below.

NOTE : All bioengineering students must have a minimum of 4 engineering courses out of the 8 elective courses (6 track courses and 2 advanced engineering/science courses).
NOTE: CHEM 0310 (Organic Chemistry 1) and CHEM 0320 (Organic Chemistry 2) are acceptable track electives.

With proper planning, MPE students can structure their CEP to earn a minor in Mechanical Engineering, a minor in Industrial Engineering, a Certificate in Product Realization, or a Certificate in Engineering for Humanity. See GET A MINOR for specific requirements.

Medical Product Engineering Track requirements :

  • TWO Required Courses :
    • Choice of
      • MEMS 0024 : Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
      • or IE 1051 : Engineering Product Design
    • AND choice of
      • BUSERV 1985 : Small Business Management
      • or BUSMKT 1431 : Product Development and Management
  • FOUR advanced Engineering/Science electives from :
    • MPE business focus
    • BUSMKT 1431 : Product Development and Management
    • BUSENV 1785 : Social Entrepreneurship
    • BUSERV 1985 : Small Business Management
    • BUSSPP 1750 : Commercializing New Technologies
    • BIOENG 2150 : Medical Product Ideation
    • BIOENG 2165 : Medical Product Entrepreneurship
    • BIOENG 2166 : Managing Medical Product R&D
    • IE 1040 : Engineering Economic Analysis
    • IE 1080 : Supply chain analysis
    • ENGR 1060 : Social Entrepreneurship - Engineering for Humanity
    • ENGR 1080 : Lean Launchpad: Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship
    • ENGR 1090 : Engineering Cooperative Education (SEE RESTRICTIONS)
      MPE technical focus
    • BIOENG 1351 : Computer Applications in Bioengineering
    • BIOENG 1370 : Computational Simulation in Medical Device Design
    • BIOENG 1810 : Biomaterials and Biocompatibility
    • BIOENG 2150 : Medical Product Ideation
    • BIOENG 2151 : Medical Product Development
    • CEE 1618 : Design for the Environment
    • ENGR 0022 : Materials Structure and Properties
    • ENGR 1050 : Product Realization
    • ENGR 1610 : Product Realization for Global Opportunities
    • ENGR 1716 : The Art of Making
    • ENGR 1090 : Engineering Cooperative Education (SEE RESTRICTIONS)
    • IE 1061 : Human Factors Engineering
    • IE 1201 : Biomaterials and Biomanufacturing
    • IE 1052 : Manufacturing Systems Analysis
    • IE 1089 : Rapid Prototyping Additive Manufacturing
    • MEMS 1028 : Mechanical Design 1
    • MEMS 1049 : Mechatronics