Team Obligation

  • Starting with the preliminary project description provided by the sponsor, students will work with the sponsor to develop a Project Statement, which will include a statement of need, a clear set of requirements, and identification of key constraints for the design.
  • Our students work in small teams (3-4 students) for a two-course sequence (e.g. Fall/Spring, Spring/Summer, or Summer/Fall) taught by a faculty course supervisor. Students will be required to complete this series of courses in consecutive semesters to ensure consistency in teams assigned to projects. In rare cases, approved in advance by sponsors, student teams may be allowed to complete the courses with an intervening semester off to allow one or more of the students to fulfill requirements for co-op programs.
  • Each student team will also be mentored by an experienced engineering faculty member within the department. Students are expected to have weekly meetings with them as well as regular meetings with a representative of the sponsor.
  • As a course requirement, the team must design a medical device or system based on the sponsor’s requirements, manage the project under the guidance of the faculty mentor and sponsor liaison, conduct design reviews, fabricate and test their design (when feasible), and give an oral presentation on their work to both the faculty and sponsoring liaison near the end of each semester.
  • Teams are required to work a minimum of 6 hours per student per week (9 hrs/student/week for 10-week summer terms).
  • The team must provide all documentation to the sponsor.
  • The team will provide all device prototypes to the sponsor.
  • The students on the team must work with the sponsor to execute a non-disclosure agreement, if one is needed, prior to project initiation.
  • Any resulting intellectual property may be assigned to the sponsor, or may be subject to the intellectual property policies of the Texas A&M University System. This will be determined prior to beginning work.
  • The faculty mentor may not provide design advice to avoid contributing intellectual property to the project. However, faculty members can potentially be available to work with the sponsor under a separate contract as is deemed mutually beneficial to both the sponsor and the faculty member.