Biomedical Engineering Design Challenge Inspires Community College Students

The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Student Association (BESA) held a Biomedical Engineering Design Challenge for community college students interested in biomedical engineering.
A total of 24 students participated from community colleges around the area including Sacramento City College, Woodland Community College, American River College, Cosumnes River College and one student who drove all the way from Mendocino Community College, according to a university article.

BMES Member Tony Passerini kicked off the event with an introduction to the field of biomedical engineering, followed by a demonstration of some past Senior Design projects. Everyone enjoyed playing with the 3D printed parts that were passed around during his talk, leading to a lively question and answer session.

Next, students were divided into 5 groups. Each group had a graduate student team leader, who was responsible for guiding the students through the design challenge. Students were provided with background materials, limitations, and an arm sling. They had to redesign the arm sling with the materials provided in 2 hours.

After the design challenge, students toured the Athanasiou, Yamada, and Srinivasan labs.  Every lab gave a short demonstration of its particular research. Lunch followed the tours, and gave a staff member from the admissions office an opportunity to discuss how to transfer to UC Davis.

Finally, each group presented their designs and winners were chosen. The event concluded with an address from Soichiro Yamada, whose NSF grant funded the event.

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