The current senior design program provides undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (BME) students a comprehensive,
hands-on design experience that aims to equip them with relevant skills for future careers in industry, research and
professional/graduate education. To further enhance and optimize the senior design experience, the proposed research
education program consists of integrating principles and practices of engineering design throughout the curriculum. One
motivation for introducing design earlier into the curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to gain specific skills
that may be used in their senior design project, but ultimately in their careers. This will be accomplished through the
development of nine skills-building modules that were identified based on both informal and formal feedback from students,
enhancements to incorporate additional design components to current lower division core curriculum courses, and a 6-week
summer innovation internship for selected students to be actively engaged in the innovation process. The proposed research
education program provides an opportunity for faculty and students to engage in cross-campus, multidisciplinary efforts.
Our ongoing collaborations with the UC Davis Medical Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, and School of Management
will be further strengthened, as we seek to build upon the successes and lessons learned from our previous award.