Multidisciplinary collaborative model for complex biomedical engineering design projects

Angel Ernesto Delgado, University of Texas at El Paso


Nowadays, most devices with advanced technology require the development of embedded systems with mechanical and electrical components as well as software including more than one discipline. These are devices that are usually complex in terms of composition and functionality and that design must follow a methodology in order to successfully design and launch a device of this nature. Hence, the assembly of a multidisciplinary engineering group is required to carry out such complex devices and develop a fully functional product. The group may also need an expert on the field that can provide guidance and knowledge where needed. This is generally required by any field or system using these types of devices; however, in biomedical engineering there is a specific approach to address needs since the end user is a human being requiring a rehabilitation device.^ To design an effective biomedical engineering device in today’s competitive world, a multidisciplinary collaborative approach needs to be applied. Biomedical engineering projects become more complex when other engineering areas of expertise are engaged in order to optimize the rehabilitation device. Using a multidisciplinary approach to design biomedical engineering devices becomes a necessity. This thesis describes a multidisciplinary collaborative model where different disciplines merge to develop engineering projects of the same kind. In addition, the proposed model mainly focuses on the person affected with a health condition or disability requiring a rehabilitation device. The model consists of core communication components that connect multidisciplinary approaches and strategies.^

Subject Area

Engineering, Biomedical|Engineering, Mechanical

Recommended Citation

Delgado, Angel Ernesto, "Multidisciplinary collaborative model for complex biomedical engineering design projects" (2010). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1479552.