How do discoveries and inventions get translated from research labs to positive impact on human health in the clinic?
Through Bioengineers. We move ideas from scholarship to solution. We are driven to improve health, across the globe. To meet this challenge, we use Bioengineering Design – a process that methodically guides us in identifying important and unmet biomedical needs, and then rigorously guides us as we iteratively develop our creative engineering into effective solutions. Design in bioengineering at UC Berkeley is comprised of three core educational experiences.
First, our Senior Capstone Design course (Bioengineering 192) provides a foundation in engineering design that is reinforced by substantial hands-on, experiential learning. This one-semester intensive introduces fundamental design concepts, then applies design theory to practice through senior projects that traverse the entire engineering design process, including prototyping and testing. Senior projects tackle the real-world unmet needs of our clinical partners, and are a partnership between capstone senior teams and practicing clinicians.
Second, alumni of the Senior Capstone Design course often continue development of their solution concepts, iterate through another solution-concept cycle, or simply tackle a new unmet clinical need – either solo or in teams. Seniors mature their engineering design experience and their design portfolios through Independent Study (Bioengineering 199, H194, 196).
Third, for Berkeley Bioengineers seeking advanced engineering design experience in the clinic, we offer the Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE). During the 8-week, paid BIE internship, rising seniors (protégés) and recent senior capstone alumni (fellows) deepen their experience in in-clinic needs finding, needs formulation, and project management. BIE is funded by NIH (2012-2022; PI: Herr, Grant R25EB013068).
Through a combination of theory and practice, design in bioengineering equips UC Berkeley alumni to lead biomedical innovation and realize effective, efficient, and accessible bioengineering solutions for the 21st century.
How do our three educational experiences
relate to the three major steps of the engineering design process?