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Ensuring that biomedical engineers are ready for the real world

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Enderle, J.D. ; Biomed. Eng., Connecticut Univ., Storrs, CT, USA ; Ropella, K.M. ; Kelsa, D.M. ; Hallowell, B.

Discusses preparing biomedical engineering students for real-world problem solving by putting theory into practice in the curriculum. It is concluded that mechanisms for preparing biomedical engineering students for real-world problem solving are numerous. Failure to incorporate such real-world experiences throughout the curriculum creates frustration for the student, particularly for the freshman or sophomore undergraduate who lacks the experience to draw a connection between theory and practice. Upon graduation, the biomedical engineer is suddenly confronted with real-world problems and design challenges that require a team of experts, project planning and execution, regulatory and quality control, financial support, and a satisfied customer. Too often, graduates are unprepared for this transition to real-world engineering.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )