Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering Jennifer Currey, Associate Professor and Incoming Chair of Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering Shane Cotter, and Assistant Professor of Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering Sudhir Khetan have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for their project SCIP, HOP & JUMP: Summer Clinical Immersion Program, Hands on Prototyping, and Jump-Starting Design Projects Towards Translation.
This grant will further strengthen Union College's Summer Clinical Immersion Program (SCIP) through a collaboration with the Albany Medical College’s Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center (AMC/BACC). Following the clinical immersion experience, biomedical engineering majors will be offered enhanced hands-on prototyping (HOP) opportunities for solution iteration in tandem with close faculty and industry mentorship and guest lecturers from topical area experts through the expanded, two-term Capstone Design Course Sequence. Finally, students enrolled in the two-term enhanced Capstone Design experience will be provided with a launchpad to jump-start company formation and translation (JUMP) through the refining of their solutions and prototypes through the spring term to further explore their business and advertising plan for the commercialization of their medical devices.
Success of this program will be measured by the commercialization potential of the solutions prototyped by the student teams, as well as through the tracking of program graduates. Tracking program graduates will help determine whether the new Capstone Design experience has led them down various paths related to the development of biomedical technologies, demonstrating that the three components of this project have better prepared students for post-graduate career opportunities.