Pitt | Swanson Engineering

BIOENG 1160: Bioengineering Design 1

Credits: 3 (Letter Grade Only)

Semesters Offered: Fall

Description: The two course sequence, Bioengineering Design 1 & 2, is a mentored opportunity for the student to synthesize and extend skills and knowledge acquired during the undergraduate education experience in design (or redesign) of a biomedical product or equivalent. Students are exposed to key facets of the medical product design process and the unique regulatory requirements for biomedical products. Student teams select a design project, conduct a market/reimbursement analysis, apply design process methodology, maintain a design history file, and create a prototype product.

Prerequisites: BIOENG 1220 & BIOENG 1320

Course Objectives: Students will be able to apply appropriate product design-related procedures and tools, maintain design history files, conduct preliminary market/reimbursement studies, and address regulatory affairs in developing a prototype biomedical product or equivalent.

    Topics Covered:
  • Developing student ability to use of state-of-the-art design tools such as computer aided engineering (SolidWorks 2010-2011), finite element analysis (COSMOS Works), computational fluid mechanics (COSMOS FloWorks), and signal acquisition and processing (LabVIEW)
  • Developing student ability to synthesize and apply engineering and scientific principles to solve real-world problems (i.e., do something)
  • Developing student ability to understand the unique requirements of the medical product design process
  • Developing student ability to assess/predict product reliability
  • Developing student ability to construct experimental plans using statistical design of experiments (DOX) methodologies (DesignEase)
  • Developing student ability to effectively communicate in the product design process - both verbally and in writing
  • Developing student appreciation of key accounting, finance, and marketing principles

Schedule: Class meets once a week for 3 hours.