One of the major challenges in biomedical engineering is how to deliver the benefits of modern medical understanding to people in developing nations. Here are some really cool ideas: WHO | Compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings.

Charles Tritt

What We Teach

Posted by Charles Tritt May 13, 2014

This list of rules mirrors what we teach in MSOE's BE design sequence courses: http://www.qmed.com/mpmn/medtechpulse/10-rules-designing-great-medical-devices. It is nice to have some external validation of our ideas.

Our program is conducting a “stakeholder” survey to help us set curricular priorities. So far, nearly all (97%) of the respondents have been program alumni. This graphic lists the most common words in the responses to the “job description” question, with size corresponding to frequency. It gives an idea of what our allumni do…


The 2014 MSOE BE Senior Presentations will take place on Friday, May 23 from 8:30 to 10:30 am in the Grohmann Auditorium.  The “auditorium” is a large classroom like room on the first floor of the Grohmann Museum which is located at 1000 North Broadway, Milwaukee, 53202. Coffee and continental breakfast items will be provided.  The presentations will also be webcast on the MSOE Biomedical Engineering program channel on ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/msoe-biomedical-engineering-program). While your wait for our video feed to start you can watch live video from the ISS at – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload.

Parking will be available in any MSOE lot on the day of the presentations.

Presentation topics and schedule:

8:30 – 8:55 am           Team 2014-003 – Excessive Blood Loss, Massive Air Embolism, and Drug Administration Perfusion Simulator

9:00 – 9:25 am           Team 2014-004 – Electrocardiogram Derived-Respiration Laboratory System

9:30 – 9:55 am           Team 2014-001 – Pneumatic Research Device to Impact Traumatic Brain   Injury in an Experimental Rat Model

10:00 – 10:25 am      Team 2014-002 – Mobile Heat Illness Monitoring System (MHIMS)

The Senior Design Show, a poster session style event involving all MSOE programs, will take place after the presentations from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. The biomedical engineering teams will be in MSOE’s Walter Schroeder Library for the design show.

Medical device cyber security is currently big issue in the medical device industry. Here is a short news story on the topic with some interesting links: http://www.qmed.com/news/fbi-warns-medical-device-hacking-risk.

The last paragraph struck me as particularly interesting. In the same way the post office sometimes gets blamed for lost checks that were never mailed, I think the FDA sometimes gets blamed for complicating things that medical devices companies don’t know how to or simply don’t want to do. I went to the FDA website and found the following Guidance Document: http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/deviceregulationandguidance/guidancedocuments/ucm077812.htm (those of you how have heard my FDA presentations know how useful guidance documents can be).

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