Robert Allen
biography :: conference marerials
A Design Repository as a Resource for Students
This presentation reports on the development of a design repository (DR) for use in a set of biomedical engineering design courses. Over the last five years, students have developed over forty projects, ranging from custom devices for the handicapped to patentpending medical devices with clinical application. The DR system captures function, form, and rationale of existing course designs so future engineers have access to the projects of their predecessors. Similar to traditional databases, the system stores data and drawings of products produced; however, in addition to this information, the DR captures the rationale behind each of these design products. The DR has two main components, the database and the user-interface. Web-enabled, it is currently used by students to search existing projects, and to search for similar functions in different projects.