Because the MQP is used to fulfill the design requirement for ABET accreditation, department requirements must be met regardless of the advisor's departmental affiliation or the number of biomedical engineering students on the project.
In addition to any special requirements made by the advisor, all project groups must do the following:
- Keep a design notebook that documents the design process
- Complete an MQP report
- Orally present the project’s results at Project Presentation Day (and possibly at another department’s Project Presentation Day if your advisor or coadvisor is from a different department)
The design notebook documents the project’s design history and any other relevant material and becomes property of the department upon the project’s completion. Notebooks are available in the department.
Students choose from several options for the oral presentation requirement of the MQP, beginning with the Biomedical Engineering Department's Project Presentation Day held in D-Term of each year.
If the advisors are all from outside the Biomedical Engineering Department, students may present at their department's Project Presentation Day event. Students are, however, also encouraged to present at the Biomedical Engineering event. If they are presenting solely in a department outside biomedical engineering, students must inform the biomedical engineering department prior to Project Presentation Day
Examples of recent MQPs in Biomedical Engineering:
System for Continuous Postoperative Monitoring in Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer
This MQP developed a novel system for remote and continuous monitoring of temperature and Doppler ultrasound signals for postoperative monitoring of microvascular free tissue transfer. The system effectively collects data from the transferred tissue flap, analyzes the data using a novel signal processing algorithm, and wirelessly uploads the results to a server where they can be viewed from any mobile device.
Students: Dennis Giaya, Rebecca Stolarczyk
Advisors: Yitzhak Mendelson, Raymond Dunn (UMMS), Samandar Dowlatshahi (UMMS)
Tissue Retractor for Distal Radius Fractures
This MQP team proposed a time- and money-saving self-retaining retractor that is able to expose the incision site, is adjustable, and replaces the need for additional surgeons during common surgeries to repair distal radius fractures.
Students: Jacquelyne DiTroia, Caroline Mazzola, Andres Monterroso, Patricia Swierk
Advisors: Kristen Billiar, Samandar Dowlatshahi (UMMS), Raymond Dunn (UMMS)
Canine Abdominal Palpation Training Device
This project designed and created a haptic teaching device for use by veterinary students to learn canine abdominal palpation skills. The device had to simulate the tactile sense of a canine abdomen including palpable organs and abnormalities to teach students diagnostic skills and the ability to recognize and identify abdominal abnormalities in canines.
Students: Anne Harris, Sean Murphy, Elizabeth Pellegrini, Alexandra Price
Advisors: Zoe Reidinger, Michael Stone (Tufts)