Engineering Innovation in Health


Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) is a year-long program in which teams of interdisciplinary engineering undergraduates and graduate students work with local clinical partners to develop needs-based and human-centered design solutions to pressing healthcare challenges. More information is available at the EIH webpage.

Each academic year, new healthcare challenges are explored, and students are able to choose from a list of projects. EIH students visit medical centers and hospitals and engage with practicing engineers and venture capitalists.

Getting Involved

The EIH course sequence spans the academic year. In the fall, students attend lectures and assess the feasibility and impact of potential projects, as part of teams. Students learn the basic design process, from stakeholder analysis to benchmarking to potential intellectual property issues and FDA regulation. The fall quarter assessments are used to select the projects that will be continued in the winter and spring quarters. In the winter and spring quarters, teams of students design and prototype a solution to their selected/assigned project, and dive much deeper compared to the fall quarter. At the end of the spring quarter, student teams have a functioning prototype device that fulfills the design requirements that they’ve decided on and answers the medical need initially proposed.

During the fall quarter, students typically invest approximately six hours per week. During the winter and spring quarters, student work is more self-directed; however student time commitment is typically in the range of 10-15 hours per week. EIH is open to senior and graduate engineering students. Participation in EIH can fulfill capstone requirements across all College of Engineering majors.

Students interested in joining EIH should register for the applicable course (see Joining page).