Provides an intense project-based learning experience around the design of medical devices with foci ranging from mechanical to electro mechanical to electronics. Projects motivated by real-world clinical challenges provided by sponsors and clinicians who also help mentor teams. Covers the design process, project management, and fundamentals of mechanical and electrical circuit and sensor design. Students work in small teams to execute a substantial term project, with emphasis placed upon developing creative designs - via a deterministic design process - that are developed and optimized using analytical techniques. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication provided. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. In person not required. Enrollment limited.
Fall 2020 Update: Optional In-Person Component - Yes, we will be running 2.75 in the fall! All lectures will be done via zoom and students can enter their questions via chat. Lecture topics and times will be finalized soon, but we can say that the design development details of ventilators developed by the course instructors (see https://emergency-vent.mit.edu/ ) will figure prominently as examples! For the hands-on projects we are selecting projects that allow us to accommodate both in person and online learning. These include projects related to our instructors’ research so their research people can help mentor and thus ensure robustness, especially in the event that MIT were to close due to a spike in C19 cases. For more information, please visit the course website:
Mechanical engineering students from MIT work with clinicians from Boston-area hospitals to design cheaper, safer, and more efficient medical devices.