From Science to Prototype: Out-of-the-Box Thinking for Medical Technology

University of Colorado - Denver, 2006 - $34,400

Two years ago, the University of Colorado at Denver merged with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, resulting in efforts to link curricula and engage UCD undergraduate students in research and clinical problems in the medical school. As part of that effort, UCD is now building a program to support E-Team project development. Over the course of twelve months, the program will help eight E-Teams of two to three students from natural sciences, engineering, pre-med and business to develop out-of-the-box solutions to customer health care needs.

During the first five weeks, student teams will conduct a thorough market survey featuring customer interviews. From their surveys, teams will identify a problem, conduct literature and patent searches on established approaches to solving the problems, and brainstorm solutions. The teams will then construct proposals for project development, undergo a five-week seminar on medical technologies, and attend the NCIIA I2V program. For the rest of the year, student teams will develop prototypes, while taking relevant courses, working with faculty mentors, and evaluating their own progress. At the end of the semester, students will demonstrate their prototypes and deliver a written report.