One way APDC can assist you in your device development, is to introduce you to Capstone Design Programs at Georgia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. Students are partnered with health care providers and industry to develop solutions to unmet clinical needs. If you are a clinician with a clinical or surgical problem to be solved, or if you have a pediatric medical device idea for which you’d like to get some help, you may be able to work with a team of senior students in developing and testing a potential solution. Previous advisors have found working with a student team very rewarding in learning about the phases of: design research; generation of engineering alternatives; prototyping and testing; and the FDA 510(k) regulatory pathway for medical device clearance.
Examples of past projects include:
- Intergraded surgical patient monitoring device to reduce "cable clutter"
- Wearable personal activity device for predictive healthcare
- Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) improvement for hemodialysis access
- Defibrillator designed for small animals used in clinical investigative studies
- Safety device for central venous line insertion
In exchange for having a team of students work on your particular problem, you are asked to provide about 10-12 hours of your time during a semester on the following:
- 4-5 meetings a semester with your project team
- Provide feedback on project deliverables and team reports
- End of semester assessment of team's performance
- If possible, attend the end of semester project presentation
Capstone Design is a culminating course offered to undergraduate students in several disciplines at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Students work in teams to design, build, and test prototypes with real world applications. At the end of each semester, students showcase their efforts at the "Capstone Design Expo". Student teams design and build working, physical prototypes to validate their solutions. By working in teams they develop leadership skills and group dynamics; dealing with scheduling conflicts, meeting weekly deliverables and deadlines; and communication among team members, project sponsors, and course instructors. View projects.
Each student with the challenge of working in a team to tackle actual engineering problems within and across the fields of chemical and life science, mechanical and nuclear, biomedical, electrical, and computer engineering and science. A significant real-world aspect arises from opportunities presented to our students from the industrial community as well as other VCU schools – in particular the health sciences.
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in multiyear, multidisciplinary, team-based projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students in their areas of expertise. Undergraduate students can earn technical elective or free elective course credits (depending on major) for working on specific research projects with other undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, in their research labs.