We plan to webcast the Class of 2015 MSOE biomedical engineering junior design project presentations live from 5:00 to 7:30 pm CST (GMT -6) on Thursday, December 12, 2013. See them at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/msoe-biomedical-engineering-program. If all goes well, the presentations will also be recorded for later viewing. Note that this is an experiment, so we will be using the annoying ad supported version of ustream.tv.

Project Topics are:

• Plasma (Blood) Glucose Monitoring System

• Neonate Cardiopulmonary Bypass Simulator

• In utero Spinal Bifida Cystica Repair System

• Knee Joint Ultrasound Phantom

• Total Knee Replacement Surgical Aid

• Feedback System for Competitive Rowers

• Head Injury Research Device

An after dinner keynote presentation by MSOE BE program alumnus Brian R. Biersach, President and Senior Biomedical Engineer at Medical Equipment Compliance Associates, LLC will be also be webcast starting at around 8:10 pm.

This event is sponsored by MSOE and the Milwaukee Section of IEEE.

Please forward this message to others you think might be interested. I will be tracking the number of viewers to determine if these webcasts are worthwhile.

Charles Tritt

FDA CDRH Priority List

Posted by Charles Tritt Dec 5, 2013

The Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) is the part of the FDA that deals with medical device regulations. As part of a new law, they will now annually publish a list of their priorities for the coming year. The complete  2014 list can be found at:

CDRH Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) Proposed Guidance Development

Biomedical engineers should be aware of the items on this. Here are some highlights that I noticed:

Final Guidance Topics

Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

The Pre-Submission Program and Meetings with FDA Staff

The 510(k) Program: Evaluating Substantial Equivalence in Premarket Notifications

Types of Communication During the Review of Medical Device Submissions

Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Optimize Medical Device Design

Global Unique Device Identification Database

Design Considerations for Pivotal Clinical Investigations for Medical Devices

Draft Guidance Topics

Benefit-Risk Determinations in Premarket Notifications (510(k)s)

Appropriate Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards in Premarket Submissions

Custom Devices

Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)

Here are a couple of links to Biomedical Engineering employment statistics.

Clearly, the job market for program graduates is very good. Students should still start early, use the resources provided by MSOE's Career Services office and work hard at finding a good position.

MSOE is very fortunate to have an alumnus, Brian Biersach, deeply involved in medical device testing, standards and compliance. In fact, he runs a company,  Medical Equipment Compliance Associates (MECA Home: IEC 60601-1 Standards Compliance and Certification (IEC, UL, AAMI, CSA, EN)) that provides medical device testing services. Brian is very supportive of our program allowing class field trips to his company's labs, often hiring our students as interns and frequently speaking to our classes.

A particular useful resource he has provided online to the medical device design community is an extensive summary of international medical device standards. This list is available at: http://mecalabs.com/assets/meca-60601-ed3-standards-list-(2013-10-15).pdf. I urge students to consult this list as they investigate standards that may apply to their capstone design project.

Here's an unusual opportunity for graduate study (and I suppose summer research)...

We invite seniors who plan to pursue graduate education in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or any of the Engineering disciplines to explore the Tufts University Soft Material Robotics – IGERT website. Information on how to apply for a Soft Material Robotics – IGERT Fellowship is available on the website.

Charles Tritt

Useful Presentation Tips

Posted by Charles Tritt Oct 29, 2013

There are many presentation tip sheets available on the web. This one -- A Geek’s Guide to Presenting to Business People | Leading Geeks Company -- seems pretty good. It never hurts to look over one of these before you prepare an important presentation and pick a few suggestions that will make your presentation more effective.

Charles Tritt

Disease Outbreaks

Posted by Charles Tritt Oct 17, 2013

Biomedical engineers are generally not involved with infectious diseases, but I found this list of outbreaks interesting and thought BE students, faculty and alumni might too: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/10-worst-disease-outbreaks#1.

This short medical device industry news story illustrates several points: http://www.mddionline.com/article/st-jude-medical-buys-leadless-pacemaker-developer-nanostim-1235m?cid=nl.mddi01. These include:


Large medical device companies often grow and introduce new products by acquiring smaller companies. Most biomedical engineering jobs are at smaller, entrepreneurial companies.


Innovation and miniaturization of medical devices continues. Minimally invasive surgery continues to be a growth area in medical device development.


After over 50 years of experience and use, pacemaker leads are still problematic and need continued development. B.t.w., Wikipedia has a pretty good description and history of the pacemaker at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_cardiac_pacemaker.


There are lots of biomedical engineering companies and jobs in the Twin Cities area.

Here's a link to a sort article stressing the growing need for innovation in the medical device industry:

Medtech's Business Model Is Broken, But There's Hope: PwC Report | Qmed

Previously, company had to innovate in terms of performance, now its cost. Either way, they will need biomedical engineers.

Those crazy biomedical engineers. What will they think of next?

Introducing A 'Smart Cap' For Concussion Testing | ThePostGame

Olga Imas

BE Senior Design Review

Posted by Olga Imas Oct 9, 2013

The first round of BE senior design reviews is approaching.  BE seniors will be presenting and discussing their design projects with BE faculty on Wed October 23 and October 30, 2013 at 12 pm in S325 (BE Lab). 


October 23, 2013:

Design Team 001 - Electrocardiogram-Derived Respiration Laboratory System

Design Team 004 -  Pneumatic Research Device for Induction of Traumatic Brain Injury In Rat Model

October 30, 2013:

Design Team 002 - Mobile Heat Illness Monitoring System (MHIMS)

Design Team 003 - Catastrophic Events and Drug Administration Perfusion Simulator

In the past, BE junior class representatives found it beneficial to attend the senior design reviews in preparation for the following year.  Interested BE juniors should contact Dr. Tritt for more information and permission to attend.

The attendance is also open to two interested BE sophomores on first-come first-served basis.  All alumni and IAC members, and industry professionals are welcome to attend.  Those interested to attend please contact Dr. Tritt at tritt@msoe.edu.


This is an excerpt from a Facebook post by a recent MSOE graduate:

After working at B. for only 4 months, it's already been drilled in me the ways of documentation in big medical device companies. It's funny to think how much I used to complain about the MSOE version DHF (called a DHR here) and lab notebooks for our BE classes, not too long ago. Times were simpler then.

It sounds to me like we’re doing it right here.

Here are some ideas that might get current freshmen and sophomore students thinking about possible design projects:


The Class of 2015 Junior Progress and Feasibility presentations will take place immediately before at an IEEE sponsored dinner meeting on Thursday, December 12. Details will be announced later, but save the date.

Biomedical Engineering seniors Jared Barfknecht (right) and Alexander Kollman (2nd from left) displayed a poster at the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual meeting held in Seattle. Their poster described@ the battery-powered microbial incubation system they developed for testing water quality in remote. They did this project with as part of MSOE's Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) program.


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