Welcome!

Now offered in the Spring semester

2.75, 6.525 (G-H) | 2.750, 6.025 (UG CI-M) | HST.552 – Spring 2022

Each year we bring together clinicians, industry partners and MIT engineers to develop new medical devices that solve real clinical challenges brought to us by clinicians and industry partners. This is a senior capstone and graduate-level course. Juniors are accomdated with instructor and advisor permission. We bridge mechanical and electrical engineering and HST and welcome students from other departments too.

To learn more about the efforts of instructors and students alike during the past year, read the MIT News story: Teaching mechanical engineering in a pandemic, Sept. 17, 2020.

This year we are recited to return to in person teaching and have moved the course to the Spring term.

Projects will be presented at the beginning of February, teams are formed and for the next twelve weeks teams follow a structured design process that culminates in a proof-of-concept prototype. This year we are excited to return to in person teaching and have moved the course to the Spring term. Projects identified to have significant impact, a committed team and a viable market may be invited to continue to the next level implementation.

Since 2004, this class has become a highly effective mechanism for fostering new research ideas and collaborations, with papers published, IP created and some of the projects receiving subsequent funding and launching as startups.

Information for Students & Course Listing

Fall 2020 Example Syllabus – updating for 2022


2022 Project Solicitation – Open!

Clinicians and industry sponsors are invited to propose projects for our Spring 2022 course. Project selection is competitive and selected proposers will be invited to pitch to our students. Follow the link below for details.

Project Proposal Page – Details & Submission

We look forward to your submission and contribution to our class again!


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Course Media

MIT News
Teaching mechanical engineering in a pandemic – September 2020
Just what the doctor ordered – February 2018
MIT students create new medical devices – January 2013

Smithsonian.com
When Doctors Need New Medical Tools, These Students Are Up To the Challenge – March 2018

IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Seven Steps to Innovation – December 2013
Classroom to Clinic: Merging Education and Research to Efficiently Prototype Medical Devices – August 2013