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The M.Eng. Design Project

The M.Eng. project is typically a 6 credit project performed over two semesters. The term "project” is used rather than "thesis" because groups of students generally collaborate on the project, the project can be industrially sponsored, and the project may continue from year-to-year with an evolving group of students. The common sources of projects are the BME faculty, industrial colleagues, and clinicians in the medical and veterinary colleges. The character of different projects is highly variable, e.g., a project might be primarily a theoretical study (e.g., aerodynamics of a neonatal respirator) or might be primarily a laboratory experiment (e.g., tissue engineering of an intervertebral disc).

The following is a sampling of recent M.Eng. design projects:

  • A novel instrument addressing challenges in minimally-invasive surgery
  • Automated technology to prevent/reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers
  • A strategy to improve upon neurological surgery techniques for removing tumors affecting the brain and spine
  • A wearable device for sleep apnea diagnosis
  • A non-invasive pet physiological monitor to better detect atrial electrical activity during ECG recording
  • A wearable sensor for monitoring arthritis patients
  • A bio-degradable conduit to promote peripheral nerve healing
  • Optimization of a proven collagen gel repair for reherniated invertebral disks
  • A smart spacesuit glove that improves the wearer's extravehicular activity (EVA) capabilities and decreases the potential for injury
  • A low-cost, “selfie”-type vision screener device to detect common vision problems
  • An improved intelligent support device (wearable back brace) for individuals with severe scoliosis (video)
  • A novel biosensor prototype for infectious disease detection
  • Innovative TechoLocation technology to enhance a blind individual’s senses using auditory stimulus
  • A device for the early detection of pre-term birth
  • An industry-mentored team researching improvements to the injection process to enahnce the patient experience