Students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students from across the College of Engineering can participate in the Engineering Innovation in Medicine course sequence where they develop technical solutions to health or healthcare challenges. The course sequence starts with an introductory bootcamp for medical device design and culminates in a capstone project where you design, construct, test, and evaluate a prototype medical technology or device.

Your major determines the specific courses you take to participate. The courses for mechanical engineering and electrical engineering students are outlined below. Students from these departments participate in a three-quarter capstone design sequence, where you earn credit in your home department while working in interdisciplinary teams. The teams are advised by engineering faculty as well as mentors in the health sciences. The goal of this course sequence is to design, fabricate, and test a working prototype device that meets a clinical need.

We welcome students from any engineering department, as well as students from the sciences, health science, business, and more. Students from departments other than mechanical or electrical engineering should contact EIHealth@uw.edu to learn which courses they need to take to participate.

Mechanical engineering students can take a single, autumn quarter introductory course, ME 414, or choose to take the three-quarter course sequence from autumn to spring (ME 414, ME 416, and ME 495). If you are entering your senior year and choose to complete your capstone senior design requirement in Engineering Innovation in Medicine, then you will earn a total of 11 credits over three quarters and can meet the ME 395 and ME 495 requirements.

Autumn

ME 414: Engineering Innovation in Medicine

  • 3 credits
  • Counts toward graduation as a technical elective
  • Can satisfy requirement for ME 395: Introduction to Mechanical Design
  • No prerequisites

An introductory bootcamp for medical device design, focused on how engineers contribute to the development of medical devices. Topics include fundamentals of design, need finding, the influence of engineering on medicine and health sciences, regulation, insurance reimbursement, economics and market evaluation, and intellectual property (i.e., patents). The course involves field trips to UW Medicine, where you will interact with medical technologies and observe medicine in practice.

You will work with a team, made up of students as well as mentors from medicine and engineering, on a quarter-long pilot project evaluating potential topics for capstone design. At the end of this course, medical challenges will be selected for continuation in winter and spring quarter and capstone teams will be formed.

Qualifying students can alternatively get four credits for ME 395 with some additional workload.

Winter

ME 416: Engineering Innovation in Medicine Design Preparation

  • 3 credits
  • Counts toward graduation as a technical elective
  • Prerequisites: ME 414: Engineering Innovation in Medicine

Team-based design of solutions to challenges in healthcare. The second course in the Engineering Innovation in Medicine senior capstone design project sequence. Student teams define the clinical need, identify core functions and design specifications, ideate and evaluate designs, and develop engineering models of designs.

In some years, ME 416 is oversubscribed and are students are asked to submit a short survey to enroll.

Spring

ME 495: Mechanical Engineering Design, Engineering Innovation in Medicine

  • 4 credits
  • Capstone design course
  • Prerequisites: ME 414: Engineering Innovation in Medicine and ME 416: Engineering Innovation in Medicine Design Preparation

A team-based capstone design course focusing on design, construction, test, and evaluation of a prototype medical technology/device. Emphasis is on modern design processes and the use of engineering standards.

Electrical engineering students can take a single, autumn quarter introductory course, EE 400 (jointly listed with ME 414) as a technical elective, or choose to take the three-quarter, multi-course sequence from autumn to spring to complete their senior capstone requirements for either the Analog Circuits or the Biomedical Instrumentation tracks.

If you are entering your senior year, you can complete your capstone senior design requirement in Engineering Innovation in Medicine. Electrical engineering students can form 3-quarter capstone project teams with other EE, ME, and BioE students taking the required Engineering Innovation in Medicine three course sequence: EE 400 in autumn, EE 400 again in winter, and EE 438 in spring.

In addition, EE students should choose either the Analog Circuits track (must take EE 433: Analog Circuit Design in autumn) or the Biomedical Instrumentation track (must take EE 436: Medical Instrumentation in winter). Students who choose to participate in the Engineering Innovation in Medicine program in the Analog Circuits track earn a total of 16 credits, while those who choose the Biomedical Instrumentation track earn a total of 15 credits.

Autumn

EE 400: Engineering Innovation in Medicine

  • 3 credits
  • Joint with ME 414
  • No prerequisites

An introductory bootcamp for medical device design, focused on how engineers contribute to the development of medical devices. Topics include fundamentals of design, need finding, the influence of engineering on medicine and health sciences, regulation, insurance reimbursement, economics and market evaluation, and intellectual property (i.e., patents). The course involves field trips to UW Medicine, where you will interact with medical technologies and observe medicine in practice.

You will work with a team, made up of students as well as mentors from medicine and engineering, on a quarter-long pilot project evaluating potential topics for capstone design. At the end of this course, medical challenges will be selected for continuation in winter and spring quarter and capstone teams will be formed.

EE 433: Analog Circuit Design (required for Analog Circuits track)

  • 5 credits
  • Prerequisites: EE 332: Devices and Circuits II

Design of analog circuits and systems applying modern integrated circuit technology: operational amplifiers, differential amplifiers, active filters, voltage references and regulators. EE students are strongly advised to also take this course to provide a solid foundation in circuit design skills that will be used for the capstone project.

Winter

EE 400: Engineering Innovation in Medicine Design Preparation

  • 3 credits
  • Joint with ME 416
  • Prerequisites: EE 400: Engineering Innovation in Medicine

Team-based design of solutions to challenges in healthcare. The second course in the Engineering Innovation in Medicine senior capstone design project sequence. Student teams define the clinical need, identify core functions and design specifications, ideate and evaluate designs, and develop engineering models of designs.

In some years, EE 400 is oversubscribed and are students are asked to submit a short survey to enroll.

EE 436: Medical Instrumentation (required for Biomedical Instrumentation track)

  • 4 credits
  • Prerequisites: EE 332: Devices and Circuits II. EE 400 is recommended.

The application of electronic instrumentation to medicine. Topics include biopotentials, bioelectrodes, electrophysiology, electrical safety, circulation, ventilation, respiration, thermoregulation, metabolism, and electrostimulation. Capstone teams will use this course to further refine their project in preparation for the design, prototyping, and testing in the spring.

Spring

EE 438: Instrumentation Design Project Capstone

  • 5 credits
  • ABET capstone design
  • Prerequisites: EE 433: Analog Circuit Design and/or EE 436: Medical Instrumentation. EE 400 is recommended.

A team-based capstone course focusing on design, construction, test, and evaluation of a prototype medical technology/device. Emphasis is on modern design processes and the use of engineering standards.