Junior Design Expo showcases Creativity in Biomedical Engineering

It’s that time of the year…finals. Constant studying, review sessions, and more caffeine than should comfortably be consumed define this week at universities across the nation. Luckily, there do exist a fraction of classes that don’t rely strictly on exams for grading. I was lucky enough to have one of these classes this semester called Biomedical Component and System Design.

In this class, our final project was to use all we had learned throughout the semester to come up with our own biomedical device. This is the first time we as biomedical engineering students had gotten a chance to really get creative with the purpose and design of a product and then make that product a reality. Each group was given a $50 budget and use of whatever could be found in the lab space to create our project and experiment with its abilities.

On the last day of classes, we had a Junior Design Expo where everyone got to present and demonstrate what they had created to seniors and faculty members that acted as judges. The projects there ranged from a concussion detector to a floor mat that diagnosed natural foot positions during stance and movement.

My partner’s and my project was a floor mat that used a variety of sensors to tell the patient whether or not their weight was balanced equally on each foot. The data was read in and conclusions indicated by lighting up different LED lights. This was honestly my favorite class of the semester and it was only a taste of what Senior Design has in store me next year!

See y’all in the Fall!

Becca 2016Rebecca Macaluso
B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2018
The University of Texas at Dallas

 

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