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Student Design Projects Description

Vanderbilt’s senior design is a year-long experience. Multi-disciplinary teams are formed in which (for example) biomedical, mechanical, and electrical engineering students may be mixed. These teams work on significant projects that in most cases are derived from industry or the medical center. The industrial partner proposes the idea, retains the intellectual property, guides the team throughout the experience, and usually participates in external juries to judge the work product the month before the seniors graduate. Each major except for computer science participates in this experience. Each major has its own course descriptions in the catalog, but they are very similar. Please see below the examples for biomedical engineering. The teams are formed in the context of the Senior Engineering Design Seminar (4959, below). All Bachelor of Engineering students take that course.

BME 4950. Design of Biomedical Engineering Devices and Systems I. [Formerly BME 272] Integration of the engineering and life science backgrounds of senior biomedical engineering students through the presentation of design principles for medical devices and systems. Design principles and case examples for biomedical electronics, mechanical, chemical, and computing systems are presented. A full-semester design project is required. Evaluation is conducted through periodic oral and written presentations, and through a final written and poster report. Corequisite: BME 3300. Prerequisite: BME 3100. [2]

BME 4951. Design of Biomedical Engineering Devices and Systems II. [Formerly BME 273] Integration of the engineering and life science backgrounds of senior biomedical engineering students through the presentation of design principles for medical devices and systems. Design principles and case examples for biomedical electronics, mechanical, chemical, and computing systems are presented. A full-semester design project is required. Evaluation is conducted through periodic oral and written presentations, and through a final written and poster report. Prerequisite: BME 4950. [3]

BME 4959. Senior Engineering Design Seminar. [Formerly BME 297] Elements of professional engineering practice. Professionalism, licensing, ethics and ethical issues, intellectual property, contracts, liability, risk, reliability and safety, interdisciplinary teams and team tools, codes, standards, professional organizations, careers, entrepreneurship, human factors, and industrial design. Prerequisite: senior standing. Required, to be taken in conjunction with BME 4950. FALL. [1]