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Professor and Department Head

Dr. Ki Chon
Phone: (860) 486-4767
Email: kchon@uconn.edu


Lisa Ephraim
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (860) 486-0163
E-mail: lisae@engr.uconn.edu

Jennifer Seyford
Administrative Program Support III
Phone: (860) 486-0116
E-mail: jennifer.seyford@uconn.edu

Birgit Sawstrom
Administrative Program Support II
Phone: (860) 486-1267 
E-mail: birgit.sawstrom@uconn.edu

Sowmya Ramesh
Financial Assistant I
Phone: (860) 486-7139
E-mail: sowmya.ramesh@uconn.edu

Sarah Dunnack
Administrative Program Support I
Phone: (860) 486-5838
E-mail: sarah.dunnack@uconn.edu



Main Office Address

Biomedical Engineering Department
A.B. Bronwell Building, Room 217
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Phone: (860) 486-5838
Fax: (860) 486-2500

BME 4900 – Design I

Catalog Description: This course is taken by seniors in the semester before BME 4910.

Discussion of the design process; project statement, specifications, project planning, scheduling and division of responsibility, ethics in engineering design, safety, environmental considerations, economic constraints, liability, manufacturing, and marketing. Projects are carried out using a team-based approach. Selection and analysis of a design project to be undertaken in BME 4910 is carried out. Written progress reports, a proposal, an interim project report, a final report, and oral presentations are required.

After completion of this course, each student should be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in the design of a product;
  2. Create a professional resume;
  3. Construct a product that allows for the collection analog data and store in RAM memory (i.e., printed circuit board with an A/D Converter and transmitter and another printed circuit board with a receiver and microcontroller);
  4. Work on a team based, holistic project that is industry sponsored or an NSF funded project to aid a person with disabilities;
  5. Interview a client and develop a problem statement;
  6. Create and maintain a WWW site for the project using Microsoft FrontPage or Dreamweaver;
  7. Record work completed in a laboratory notebook using industry practices;
  8. Describe the design process, which includes: problem statement, specifications, developing alternative solutions to an open ended problem, select an optimal solution using feasibility analysis, construct prototypes, field test product, create final product;
  9. Conduct market research on project using the WWW and other sources such as www.abledata.com;
  10. Demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data;
  11. Demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs ¾ project must be a complex electrical/electronic device containing hardware and software components;
  12. Investigate patent opportunities for the project;
  13. Create and present a persuasion proposal for project consideration using Microsoft PowerPoint;
  14. Describe the elements of a technical report;
  15. Create a detailed time-line for the project using Microsoft Project;
  16. Create technical illustrations using Visio Technical software package;
  17. Present a final project using Microsoft PowerPoint;
  18. Discuss the art and science of design;
  19. Describe why projects fail;
  20. Describe how to create a printed circuit board;
  21. Discuss issues in ethics as related to engineering design;
  22. Understand and explain the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and political context;
  23. Discuss patents, marketing and manufacturing issues;
  24. Discuss the impact of economic constraints;
  25. Engage in safe laboratory practice;
  26. Describe the impact of products on the environment and green design;
  27. Describe legal and liability issues in design;
  28. Demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  29. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long leaning experience by just in time learning.
  30. Create a paper design (final report) that provides background information in 5, 9, 10, and 11, describes the set of alternative solutions developed and the basis for selecting the optimal design solution, results from prototype testing, a block diagram of the system, complete circuit description produced using Visio and a detailed flowchart for all computer programs (the actual code will be written in Design II). The report should have extensive modeling and computer analysis using software packages such as MATLAB, MATLAB SIMULINK, LabView, and PSpice. An Appendix should be provided with a detailed timeline for implementing the project in Design and purchase orders with all of the parts detailed necessary to complete the project in Design II.