BME 390-1-20: Biomedical Engineering Design

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 4-5:50pm ; Glucksberg, O'Neill, Fisher


BME 207, 220, 250, 270, 271, 308, 309 and MAT_SCI 201- 0


Open-ended team-designed projects in the medical devices arena. Systems approach requiring design strategy and concepts, including reliability, safety, ethics, economic analysis, marketing, FDA regulations, and patents. Written and oral reports.

Who Takes It?

Required core course for seniors BME. Juniors may enroll, but are encouraged to consult with an instructor before doing so.

What It's About

Projects are selected and developed through interviews with professionals in biomedical engineering and/or clinical practice and/or industry. Students will be guided to generating a problem definition, understanding user needs, developing an understanding of the technologies needed to solve the problem and will be required to show that the solution presented is feasible and optimal. In this course, students will work in teams to apply their knowledge of engineering and biological sciences to design. The deliverables includes a prototype or other proof-of-concept to demonstrate feasibility of the solution.

The course also satisfies the McCormick communications requirement.


  • Communications
  • Quantitative Methods and Modelling
  • Requirements Definition and System StructuralDecomposition
  • Device Development Process, Project Lifecycle, Needs Elicitation
  • Feasibility Analysis, Prioritization
  • Verification and Validation, Regulatory/FDA, Documentation
  • Biomedical Engineering in a Global Context
  • Reliability
  • Ethics
  • Intellectual Property and Patents


No textbook. Students will be expected to use multiple primary sources of information (journal papers, patents, textbooks, standards, databases etc.) to develop a comprehensive background in the both engineering and the use environment related to their project