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BME Capstone Design Course


Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Course:

Five BME students standing next to their capstone poster and their prototype on a stuffed bear for a "Fall Mitigation Prototype for Parkinson's Disease"

Medical device design with a purpose!

A mobile vehicle that a 12-month old can drive?  A running chair for teens and adults with special needs?  A device that measures knee bend angle at a correlate to TBI? 

These are examples of the types of projects that BME students have the opportunity to complete in a year-long Senior Capstone Design course. This course has many notable features:

  1. The student teams are truly multi-disciplinary, as each team is a combination of students from Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and/or Computer Science and Engineering; and some teams have Occupational Therapy (OTD) or Physical Therapy (DPT) doctoral students from the College of Medicine.
  2. The course encourages direct interaction with the community.  This could be individual families, medical community or local agencies that we partner with to solve real-world problems.
  3. The course includes a mechanism for commercialization of the most promising devices.  With the help of the OSU Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer Office, some devices will be selected for further development, manufacturing and marketing.
  4. Students may have the opportunity to continue refining and improving their device as part of a Master’s degree.
  5. The course promotes an educational environment where all clients are respected and valued.

Partner Involvement

Examples of partners in our Capstone course:
My Team Triumph of Ohio
Down Syndrome Association
United Cerebral Palsy
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
Miracle League of Central Ohio
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
TAASC-The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition
Columbus Speech and Hearing
NASA Glenn Research Center
Four runners crossing a race finish line.  One of the runners is being pushed in a wheeled chair device.

    Student Awards

    Students have shown great enthusiasm and dedication to their projects and clients.  This had led to several awards at design competitions, including:

    • OSU College of Engineering 6th Annual Design Showcase (2013) – Three winning teams
      • "Biomedical Engineering" category: 1st place - Hip CPM;  2nd Place - Wheelchair Transfer
      • "Computer Science" category: 1st place - Inter-building Guidance System
    • OSU College of Engineering 5th Annual Design Showcase (2012) – Two winning teams
      • "Socially-responsible Design" category: 1st place - Infant Mobility; 2nd Place - KAir-FOrce
    • OSU College of Engineering 4th Annual Design Showcase (2011) – first, second, and third place overall awards!
      • 1st place - Low Vision Music Aid
      • 2nd place - Off-Road Wheelchair
      • 3rd place - Assistive Transfer Device for Adaptive Sports
    • Honda iDream competition (2011) – six student teams won first or second place awards.


    Interested in more information?  Have an idea for a new medical device?  Please contact:

    Mark Ruegsegger, PhD, PE
    Associate Professor of Practice, BME
    1080 Carmack Road                                    
    Bevis Hall 270b                                            
    Columbus, OH 43210
    Phone: (614) 247-6890

    Capstone Design Projects