Creating Industry Leaders
The Master of Engineering (ME) program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is an experiential, learning-based experience designed to prepare engineers to enter the medical devices industry. The program spans the entire medical device life cycle, covering important topics such as problem definition, solution development, technology assessment/intellectual property, detailed design and engineering, risk analysis, design verification and validation strategies, quality engineering, regulatory and reimbursement strategies, market analysis, and go-to-market/revenue modeling strategies.
The ME curriculum is designed to create “I-shaped engineers”– engineers with lateral skills as well as deep engineering domain skills – through a combination of course work and a comprehensive, immersive project/internship experience in industry or in the clinical setting. Graduates of the program are ready to contribute to the commercial success of a company and pursue management-level leadership roles.
Students in the ME program have the opportunity to further their engineering education with the aim of entering the medical device industry; advance their careers in the medical device industry; change their careers to enter the medical device industry; or simply refresh and enhance their technical and management skills with a focus on the medical device industry. Through the program, students are enabled with the skills to enter the medical device industry and solve critical engineering challenges/business interface challenges in health care. They collaborate with industry and hospital personnel to identify unmet needs, engineer technologies that address these needs, and develop paths-to-market for these technologies.
The ME program offers a flexible curriculum that equips students for success by allowing them to tailor their training towards differed aspects of the product life cycle. Two tracks of study are offered:
Track A – Industry Immersion and Product Engineering
All admitted students are offered entry into this track, which prepares them for industry via coursework in the first two semesters (typically fall and spring). The culminating experience in this track is a one- or two-semester industry internship (the second semester is optional).
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Track B – Clinical Immersion and Product Innovation
Admission into this track is based on demonstrated interest by an admitted student who is in Track A in the first semester. Students in this track will be trained in methods used to discover clinical problems, identify unmet needs and engage in design, development and verification testing of medical devices while participating in immersion experiences with the program’s established clinical partners. Interested students must apply during the fall semester in order to be considered for this track, which is offered in the spring and summer semesters.
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In addition, the ME program curriculum is organized to allow interested students to concurrently pursue certification in various topics, such as quality engineering for regulated medical technologies. Students in the ME program also may pursue a dual degree that includes a Master of Business Administration, through partnership with Mays Business School at Texas A&M.
Real-world, experiential learning is a major component of the ME program and realized through internships as part of the formal academic curriculum. Action learning is enabled via close collaborations and project immersion opportunities through internship programs with medical device companies. Students are also trained in the front end of product innovation through clinical, immersion-based courses and projects.