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Medical Device Innovation Experience for Undergraduates (MDIEU)

Medical Device Innovation Experience for Undergraduates (MDIEU)

This summer course is an exciting opportunity for you to participate in the medical device innovation process through an experiential learning project where you will be developing a real medical device. MDIEU is a course through the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center whose mission is to facilitate medical device innovation and commercialization.

MDIEU takes place over eight weeks of the summer and is open to currently enrolled University of Minnesota Twin Cities undergraduate students in any major. The course targets students who are interested in medical technology, eager to gain device development experience, and who seek leadership and team-based experiences. The course will train you to become a medical device innovator by teaching you the medical device design process. This includes how to understand clinical needs, how to design and build early-stage prototypes of medical device concepts, and how to work with a clinician to co-develop a concept, all while working on a real-world medical device that solves a clinical problem.

Along with weekly lectures and guided tutorials on topics ranging from hands-on CAD and building electronics to patent searching and how to FDA-classify your device, you will practice what you have learned by working in a team on a real medical device development project with an experienced technical mentor and a medical professional.

Need More Information? Please direct any questions about the MDIEU course to the director, Prof. Will Durfee, [email protected], or the MDIEU course lead instructor, Cara Herbers, [email protected].

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Course Logistics

The 2022 course has begun and we are no longer accepting new applications 

  • The course sessions will be on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, starting on June 7, 2022 and ending on July 26, 2022. Sessions will include a lecture component and a team meeting component. To participate in the course, you must be available to attend in-person for at least seven of the eight sessions, and preferably for all eight. Attendance at the first session and last session is mandatory. The detailed course schedule will be posted mid-May.

  • The course does not carry UMN course credit, but could lead to you being a named inventor on a patent application, or a co-author on a paper, plus course participation looks great on your resume.

  • For Summer 2022, we will accept up to about 50 students into the course, depending on the number of projects in the course.

  • You will be assigned to a project, with each project having about five students. Just before the course starts, you will be provided with information about the projects and will be able to submit your project preferences. We cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to your top project choices. The good news is that all of the projects will be awesome.

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Current Projects

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2021 Projects

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Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Failure

Cerebral Shunt Failure 2021 Team

Neurosurgeons need a way to detect and analyze the failures of specific shunt components, because the failures themselves and current shunt failure detection methods can negatively impact patients and cost health centers valuable resources.

Team Members: Isaac Wahlstrom, Alanna Carlson and Peter Fitterer (Not Pictured: Malachi Lehman*)

Clinical Authentication

Clinical Authentication Team

Hospitals need an efficient system to authenticate users of medical devices because improper use threatens the physical wellbeing of patients.

Team Members: Khaled Kansou, Khoi Nhuyen, Ken Hoyme, Briana Chang, David Carlson, Zane Siddiqui and Bill Betten

Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics Team

The Healthcare industry needs a better way to log and review data from medical devices in order to identify and distinguish incidents from events to ensure proper patient care.

Team Members: Ken Hoyme, Atishya Ghosh, Adam Boeckermann; Carson Dock, Anu Bompelli and Bill Betten

Enhancements for Newborn Incubators

Enhancements for Newborn Incubators 2021 Team

Premature infants need less exposure to disruptive noises because reduced sensory exposure in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is necessary for proper development and the mitigation of hearing impairment.

Team Members: Ali Al Hinaai, Niyati Alluri, Sadhika Prabhu, Alex Olson, Megan Johnson and Roger Sheldon

Fibrosis Detection

Fibrosis Detection 2021 Team

Healthcare workers need a way to assess and quantify fibrosis in patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema to detect early formation of fibrosis and determine treatment goals.

Team Members: Ian Knoll, Isidora Mack, Emily Graba, Hannah Loukusa and William Durfee

Foley Catheter

Foley Catheter 2021 Team

Medical professionals performing catheter insertions require a feedback mechanism to determine if they are applying excessive force that could result in injury to the patient so that subsequent trauma, ensuing costs, and appended hospitalization periods for patients are reduced.

Team Members: Paul Rothweiler, Rick Marcusen, Andy Thai, Vivian Pham, Autumn Schuldt and Paul Gleich


Hydrocele 2021 Team

Physicians need a way to perform an office-based hydrocele treatment because the procedure requires a great amount of time, money, and staff to complete.

Team Members: Eric Little, Anders Gloege Torp, Molly Reighard, Gabriella Mullally, Kaden Braden and Chunxiao Guo