BME Design Day is a celebration of student design and innovation. More than 50 teams of undergraduate and master’s students have spent the past year designing high-impact solutions to some of the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges. Their solutions include devices that improve cataract surgery outcomes, tools to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes, machine learning approaches to predict disease, and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced unprecedented challenges this academic year, temporarily transforming our fully immersive Hopkins BME 2.0 curriculum into a virtual learning experience. Our students, faculty, and project mentors responded to these new realities by finding creative and innovative ways to come together in teams to ideate, prototype, build, and test their design solutions, all while working remotely.
During the fall semester of a typical year, our undergraduate Design Team students work directly with clinicians, observe medical procedures, and learn about clinical needs in the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This year, to comply with university safety guidelines, students participated in virtual watch-along sessions that allowed them to view procedures and ask clinicians their questions in real-time.
Prototyping and physical testing are critical components of the Hopkins BME design curriculum. To provide the resources needed for these activities, our design faculty shipped materials to students’ homes, and TAs and staff processed students’ orders for services such as laser cutting and 3-D printing. Students living near campus were able to borrow BME Design Studio tools and equipment, allowing them to develop their prototypes at home.
Although our CBID master’s students were unable to travel abroad this summer, they connected virtually with mentors from around the world to complete their global health projects. With approval for limited on-campus research in early 2021, our master’s students conducted clinical rotations at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and scheduled socially distanced prototyping sessions in the BME Design Studio as needed, although teams also relied on shipments of supplies to their homes.
We are extremely proud of the work our students put into their design projects this year, as well as the outcomes that they have achieved. Thank you to all of the clinicians, faculty, mentors, and industry partners that have guided our students throughout the year.
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Thank You to Our Sponsors:
- Abell Foundation
- Children’s National Hospital
- Global Institute for Vision Equity
- Aravind Eye Care System
- Hogan Lovells
- Eyedea Medical
- Boston Scientific
- Nihon Kohden