This program is no longer active.
The BIE was funded for a decade by the NIH and we decided to sunset the program in 2022 to move on to new things. Excellent summer research resources can be found through the Office of UUndergraduate Research & Scholarships, which has a comprehensive Discovery Database.
The Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE) focused on the first two stages of the biodesign process: needs finding and needs screening and it’s archives today serve as a useful resource for bioengineers around the world.
What do BIE participants do?
In summer 2020 and 2021, BIE was offered as a fully remote experience. BIE interns met remotely – in small groups — with industry and health leaders, as well as patients and other stakeholders, thus expanding both the intern’s professional network and understanding of various stakeholders’ points of view. BIE interns gained in-depth engineering design experience, project management experience, leadership and teamwork experience. Using the Biodesign process, interns identified clinical gaps where bioengineers can make a difference!
Following each interview, BIE interns synthesize their observations and learnings, then formulate top unmet biomedical needs which point the way to where innovation is needed. When not remote, interns curated & compiled hundreds of new unmet needs into databases for their own innovation or to share with the world – check them out below: