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,

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Breakout Session II: Resources
for Teaching
Four Main Topics:
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Funding,
Industry Involvement,
Facilities/Resources,
Faculty
Funding
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Group Leader: Harvey Borovetz
Members: Shayne Peirce-Cottler, Robert Radwin,
James Antaki, Vincent Pizziconi, Gerald Miller,
Krishnan Chandran
First Issue: Sources of Funds
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Industry sponsors often fund their specific
projects.
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Wealthy individuals (e.g. visiting ward committee
member, alumnus)  for Naming Rights.
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University grants
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Department-funded
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Student-funded
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Govt funding
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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
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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
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Members: Sherry Voytik-Harbin, Thomas Papathomas,
Samatha Richerson, Edward Guo, David Schneewies,
Maria Oden
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ABET looks at facilities but there needs to be a criteria.
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Training needed for students for fabrication and
prototypes.
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Staff: Support Staff
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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
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Group Leader: Jay Goldberg
Members: Steve Jones, Matt Glucksburg, Dan Bogen,
Raymond Fish
First Issue: Faculty have different roles.
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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.

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