A systematic approach for introducing innovative product design in courses with engineering and nonengineering students

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In our new global economy, biomedical product development teams need to be even more innovative in an environment constrained by fewer resources with less time from concept to market. Teams are often comprised of individuals spread around the world. To simulate this setting, we revised an existing course to incorporate teams of on-campus and distance students, with each team including both engineers and other specialties. Through interactive lectures and projects, we presented a systematic approach to innovation that should be useful to engineers and non-engineers alike. Students found the course challenging and exciting, displaying an improved ability to work in distributed teams and in developing innovative design solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-94
Number of pages4
JournalBiomedical Sciences Instrumentation
StatePublished - May 4 2007



  • Distributed teams
  • Innovative design

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