CBID design competition open to all JHU student teams

Johns Hopkins University's Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design is gearing up for Design Day, the annual showcase for biomedical engineering students.

This year, organizers have added a competition open to student teams from across Hopkins—the first-ever Student Healthcare Design Competition. Both events will be held on May 3.

Since 2009, Design Day has given BME students the opportunity to showcase, discuss, and defend their biomedical design projects in an open forum hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The Student Healthcare Design Competition provides a similar opportunity to students in engineering, medicine, public health, business, nursing, and arts and sciences.

Students are invited to submit design briefs centering on medical technologies by the April 8 deadline. A panel of judges will award $20,000. Design Day is free, and registration to attend is required before April 29.

"Design Day is one of the most exciting days of the year for me at Johns Hopkins," says Youseph Yazdi, CBID's executive director. "Each year, hundreds of students, doctors, faculty, and medtech industry people join in a day full of creativity and energy. It is productive fun, and everyone is devoted to improving health here and around the world through innovation."

Notable past Design Day projects include Spirosense, a diagnostic system for obstructive lung disease; Quickstitch, a mechanical medical suturing device; and EchoSure, a blood clot detection system.

The CBID program is a leader in the translation of scientific and technical advances into clinical applications that improve patient care. CBID operates within the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is shared by the university's School of Medicine and its Whiting School of Engineering.