Breakout Session II: Resources for Teaching Four Main Topics: • • • • Funding, Industry Involvement, Facilities/Resources, Faculty Funding – – – – Group Leader: Harvey Borovetz Members: Shayne Peirce-Cottler, Robert Radwin, James Antaki, Vincent Pizziconi, Gerald Miller, Krishnan Chandran First Issue: Sources of Funds • Industry sponsors often fund their specific projects. • Wealthy individuals (e.g. visiting ward committee member, alumnus) for Naming Rights. • University grants • Department-funded • Student-funded • Govt funding • NCIIA grants Facilities/Resources Issue: Other departments, if involved, often contribute to funding of projects. Funding Discussion – Q: Is there a Lab fee involved? • Students is charged for tuition and lab fees (~$100) if they’re involved in lab courses. (Texas A&M). This goes to separate account which will only be spent on undergrad resources. (Other universities require that these lab fees be a small %.) Industry Involvement – – Group Leader: Matthew O’Donnell Members: Humera Fasihudden, Daniel Kamei, Gerard Cote, William Tang, King Yang – First Issue: Not enough involvement How to increase? • Bootstrapping with faculty projects. But student numbers grow which becomes problematic. • Leveraging industrial boards and internships add more involvement. Industry Involvement • Other sources: – Medical school or vet school affiliated with college – NASA and other national labs – Medical centers and charity organizations. – WHO – good source of knowledge/advice but not projects really. – Engineering without Borders: Only provide projects but not funding. – Engineering World Health – They’ll look at projects and then choose one that they’ll fund. – Easter Seals, Light House– Non-profit organizations • Angels – Second Issue: IP • Bigger issue for faculty than industry. • Undergrad student is not employee of university so IP belongs to him. Depends on source of funds: Federal or local. • Industry more used to IP issues and often have a standard procedure to deal with them. Facilities/Resources Group Leader: Richard Schoephoerster – Members: Sherry Voytik-Harbin, Thomas Papathomas, Samatha Richerson, Edward Guo, David Schneewies, Maria Oden – ABET looks at facilities but there needs to be a criteria. – Training needed for students for fabrication and prototypes. – Staff: Support Staff • – – Combination lab manager also act as technical advisor. Clinical Side: Clinical stakeholder who can provide facilities for students. Testing Resources: Responsibilities fall on sponsor to make sure students have facilities to complete the product. Facilities/Resources Discussion • Mentor can be alumni who act as additional advisors. • Safety aspects: Lab managers’ presence is necessary. – Problem: Individual team mix up their equipment in shared facilities – Solution: Dedicated faculty allows project to remain in the room. – Testing (Clinical): Use cadavers as human subjects. Faculty • • • • Group Leader: Jay Goldberg Members: Steve Jones, Matt Glucksburg, Dan Bogen, Raymond Fish First Issue: Faculty have different roles. » » » » • • • Program developer (sets up and running course) Clients (from BME and other depts.) generate ideas for projects, and funding sometimes. Lecturers: Grad Students as TA’s: Second Issue: Workload to be handled w/ TAs or more faculty members. Third Issue: Incentives to encourage faculty Dedication required. Faculty Discussion • Q: For faculty-sponsored projects, postdoc are used as mentor/customer. Faculty position is to “sign the check” since as the end of semester nears, they’ll be too busy to be available. • Q. Bias for faculty-sponsored projects: Project goals to benefit their research… • Q. Faculty can create projects that do not have enough design component, and too much research component. If they’re unfamiliar with ABET criteria • Q: Screening of projects either done by faculty or students • Q: Project outcomes: Program chair needs to be ABET representative (?). Final ppt used to decide about project outcomes. • Q: Lectures provided for faculty who are unfamiliar with industrial field… Faculty’s role is more along the lines of technical advisor.