Undergraduate Design Project Competition in Rehabilitation and Assistive
Undergraduate students engaged in design projects related to rehabilitation
or assistive devices during the current (2010-2011) academic year are
encouraged to submit an abstract of their design project proposal to present
their final product at the annual SBC meeting during a special top finalists
podium presentation session. The objectives of this undergraduate design
competition are to showcase the undergraduate design work in the field
of rehabilitation engineering and provide these students with an opportunity
to describe their work and introduce them to the Bioengineering Division
of ASME, as well as to expose the membership of BED to the field. This
competition is sponsored by the Bioengineering Division of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers with proposed support from the National
Who can enter?
Any individual or team of undergraduate students who are graduating no
earlier than Fall of 2010 are welcome to submit a design proposal abstract.
The students do not need to be enrolled in a course or completing the
project as part of their curriculum to be considered. All majors are welcomed
to submit an abstract; however, if selected as one of the top six projects,
at least one member of the design team must attend the Summer Bioengineering
Conference to present their work. All authors of the abstract should be
undergraduate students at the time the project was completed. If selected
as one of the top six projects, at least one member of the design team
must attend the Summer Bioengineering Conference to present their work
(June 22, 2011 deadline). Project advisors should be recognized in the
acknowledgements and all teams should have their advisor’s approval
What design projects are desired?
Any design projects related to rehabilitation science or assistive technologies
will be accepted. This definition will be broadly interpreted to include
any device that helps people perform activities. This includes devices
that aid people with disabilities, help people recover from an injury,
or enhance physical or mental capabilities of healthy individuals. Specific
projects can be checked for approval prior to submission by contacting
the competition organizer. Projects must have a significant novel design
component and cannot simply be a presentation of data from an existing
device or strictly a research project. Projects should be completed during
the current academic year. The abstract of the design proposal will be
judged based on its merits as a proposed device to solve a problem,
while the presentation competition at the SBC will be judged based on
the actual realization of the product or a prototype of the product.
The actual duration of the project (semester or year long) at the student’s
institution is not important providing it was completed during the current
academic year (between June 2010 and June 2011) and the team submits a
design proposal abstract for the January abstract deadline (not a description
of the product’s realized capabilities).
How is the design proposal submitted and how is it judged?
Students must summarize their product’s design proposal into a two-page
abstract fitting the standard format for an ASME SBC abstract as found
on the conference web site (“Senior
Design Competition” paper type). While the abstracts sections
may be different than a normal research abstract, the formatting and other
information is the same. The deadline for the design project competition
is the same as for the other abstracts at the conference, January
23, 2011. The design proposal abstracts are judged based on five
criteria: 1) the need for the described product need and market potential,
2) the utility of the device and its novelty, 3) the technical feasibility
of the design, 4) the budget and economic plan, and 5) the writing clarity
and style. Each design proposal abstract will be independently evaluated
by three judges.
Please read further details on the Judging
What happens after the top six finalists have been identified?
In mid-February the top six rehabilitation design project finalists will
be identified. Pending support from NSF, the institutions for each of
the top six finalists will receive a $1250 award that is meant to support
both student travel to the SBC as well as help defray some of the costs
of fabricating and testing the rehabilitation device. The proposal abstracts
that were not selected among the top six may be invited to present their
work as a poster at the conference if they are interested and there is
availability of space. It is expected that each of the top six projects
will have a physical realization of their design, at least a functioning
prototype used to evaluate the success of the design. Teams are encouraged
to bring their product to the conference, but are not required to. At
least one student representative from each of the top six design teams
must register for the conference and attend. The top six teams will
have their abstract proposal published in the conference proceedings.
What happens at the SBC for the top finalists?
Each of the six finalists in the rehabilitation and assistive devices
undergraduate design competition will present their results in a special
podium session during the Summer Bioengineering Conference. Student teams
will be given a 15-minute period to describe their work. This will be
the first public disclosure of the project for intellectual property concerns.
On-site judging of the presentations will be made by a group of judges.
There are five criteria for judging the presentations: 1) product need
and market potential, 2) description of the device, 3) performance of
the device, 4) economic plan, and 5) presentation clarity and style. The
scores from the proposal abstract evaluation will not be used to select
the winners from the presentations. First, second, and third place will
be announced at the conference banquet Saturday night. The top six teams
will have a description of their final design posted on an ASME website.
Please read further details on the Judging
Questions about the Undergraduate Design Project Competition in Rehabilitation
and Assistive Devices should be submitted to the competition organizers
for SBC 2011, Lorin Maletsky, PhD
or Martin Tanaka, PhD.
|Undergraduate Design Competition Organizers:
|Lorin Maletsky, PhD
University of Kansas
|Martin Tanaka, PhD
Western Carolina University