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Fostering progress through collaboration & innovation

UC Forward is a philosophy, an idea, a re-imagining of what a university experience should be. It is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and research initiative—pairing students and faculty with external experts, all from differing perspectives—to solve today's problems and develop tomorrow’s workforce in unique and relevant ways. Learn more

I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. David Livingstone

Medical Device

MBE3050: Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Solve product design problems.
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Learn to effectively participate in team activities in the cross-functional product development process.
  • Be able to define the design requirements.
  • Be able to plan project goals, requirements, and timing.
  • Be able to identify available and patent restricted technologies and apply that information to concept ideation.
  • Be able to define technical specifications and criteria for validation/verification (V&V) of your concepts.
  • Generate and communicate concepts both verbally and visually.
  • Be able to present concept development efforts professionally.
  • Learn how to use a journal/lab notebook that protects intellectual property and documents development.
  • Learn and apply classical and computational engineering analysis methods, and conduct experiments to test product designs against pass/fail criteria.
  • Learn and practice the building and testing of functional engineering prototypes.
  • Utilizing all research and development efforts to conduct effective concept evaluation (pre-design Controls level design verification).
  • Be able to write an acute preclinical or clinical study design and protocol as appropriate for medical device development.
Read more about this innovation-oriented program here and here!
Mary Beth Privitera

Meet one of the Professors

Only a handful of universities in the United States have a master of design degree in industrial design. One of them is UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. DAAP’s master of design is a post-professional terminal degree. The graduate program accepts only students with undergraduate and professional backgrounds in digital, fashion, graphic and industrial design who are interested in research, preparation for teaching or advanced professional development in preparation for comprehensive and interdisciplinary design practice.

One graduate, Mary Beth Privitera, exudes interdisciplinary design and collaboration. Privitera teaches in the College of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department (BME).

Innovations in surgical devices mean less invasive procedures. “My job — and what I teach my students to do — is to identify what surgeons’ or physicians’ needs are and then design it,” says Privitera. So how does one prepare to become an instructor of innovation? Privitera received both her bachelor of science and master of design degrees in industrial design from DAAP. She has worked in the medical design industry for over 20 years, and has participated in the development of dozens of product releases. Read more here!

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