How do you develop a research idea and bring it from concept to the marketplace? The Affiliates Program seeks industry classroom guest speakers to share insights and examples of how companies translate engineering innovations into health technologies. How were the concepts formed for your products? How do you assemble and manage teams that develop a concept? How do you ask for funding support? Why are grant proposals important, and how do you go about the process of writing one? The evolution of an idea from concept to practice requires teamwork, organization, leadership and knowing the landscape (such as who your competitors are and any end-users’ limitations).

All BioE juniors enroll in the course BIOEN 401 to learn how to develop an original idea from concept into practice, and lead the planning and design of a research project for their senior Capstone Design Project. (Read more about the Capstone Design Project.) By sharing your experience, you will give students a real-world understanding of how theory is put into practice, and how they will apply lessons learned in class to a real-work scenario.

Organizations at every level – start-ups, mid-level companies, multinationals, government agencies and non-profits—must evolve ideas from concept to real-world solutions, and we welcome multiple bioengineering representatives from across the range.

Students will learn the following fundamental concepts:

  • Interrelation of design and research in bioengineering
  • Clinical significance for design and research in bioengineering
  • Application of bioengineering fundamentals to design tools to address a problem of high clinical significance
  • Administrative issues of bioengineering R&D
  • Ethical issues central to the practice of bioengineering R&D
  • Development, technical writing and presentation of a bioengineering R&D plan
  • Importance of bioengineering work with respect to colleagues, peers, society and the world in general

Topics covered:

  • Bioengineering as a field: Introducing the discipline of bioengineering as a practical tool to enhance our knowledge of biology and medicine, and to develop technologies for medicine
  • Design: engineering design for biology and medicine, system engineering
  • Research and Development: design, testing, implementation, and manufacturing principles in bioengineering R&D of a product
  • Capabilities and limitations of bioengineering
  • Socioeconomics

If you are interested in becoming a guest speaker for BIOEN 401 or would like to learn more, please complete the following online form:
Request for Information/Volunteer(For Industry)