Innovative Biomedical Design Competitions and Scenarios Exploring Underserved Populations
Benjamin S. Kelley
David B. Dittenber, Steven R. Ayers, and Roger V. Gonzalez
Jay R. Goldberg
Collegiate undergraduate biomedical engineering continues to emerge and mature as a discipline that provides a sound grounding in engineering fundamentals and with the promise of advancing health solutions around the world. As volunteerism and service learning within engineering programs has grown, so has the opportunity for undergraduate biomedical engineering design projects to impact underserved populations. A project that works toward meeting the needs of developing countries is the LeTourneau Engineering Global Solutions (LEGS). National student design competitions such as the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Award (BME-idea), and the Engineering World Health (EWH) Projects That Matter Program, provide students with a showcase for the results of service learning and social entrepreneurship projects. Another vehicle is in-class paper designs projects, containing simplified versions of real-world hands-on scenarios.