Senior Design in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Pelton 2013

The Department of Biomedical Engineering’s (BME) senior design project is a three-course sequence required of all biomedical engineering students at the George Washington University. This course sequence (BME 3915, BME 4920, and BME 4925), named Biomedical Engineering Capstone Project Lab I, II, and III, begins in the second semester of the junior year.  In senior design, BME students independently design, develop, and test a biomedical device.  Along the way student work is guided by a group of core BME faculty with diverse experience in biomedical design area.

The objective of this sequence is to expose students to different aspects of engineering work, including device design, manufacturing and testing, time and cost management, report writing, and preparation of oral presentations.  Through this course sequence, students obtain specialized knowledge in the biomedical area of their interest, and further develop independence, team work skills, critical thinking, an understanding of real-life constraints of engineering projects, and eventually develop a professional looking design report and a device tested in a realistic situation. 

Examples of recent senior design projects include:

  • Smart-phone based ophthalmic ultrasound system
  • Laser-based system to assess physiological tremor
  • Leg Swelling (DVT) Monitoring System
  • REM Eye Movement Measurement System
  • Smart Knee Brace
  • Three Dimensional Laser Scanner
  • UV Skin Damage Assessment System
  • Non-contact Heart Rate Monitor
  • Autonomous Cell Culture System