In Duke BME, our goal is to teach students how to recognize and solve biomedical issues that impact communities both locally and globally.
First Year Design
Historically, the first year of engineering education has had little engineering; instead, courses for students have been foundational courses in math, physics, chemistry, and biology. The new course Engineering Design and Communication engages all first-year students in an authentic, hands-on, project-based design course where students can build low- and medium-fidelity prototypes to solve a community-based need or problem.
BME 460, a capstone design course, is offered to engineering students at Duke University. Students are paired with health care professionals to build custom assistive, recreational, or therapeutic devices for people with disabilities in the local community.
Designing biomedical technologies requires an understanding of the diverse communities we serve and how to innovate with multiple stakeholders in mind. We have incorporated ethics training broadly across the BME undergraduate curriculum to teach our students about ethical frameworks, professional codes, stakeholder analyses, and designing for diverse populations to emphasize the importance of community in engineering.