New Bioengineering Course

  • December 03, 2012

BIOENGR 233A: Advancing Bioengineering Innovations I – Unmet Needs

The UCLA Business of Science Center is pleased to announce the launch of a new course for graduate and professional students to proactively contribute in the design and creation of cutting edge medical device technology.

  • 8 Unit Course (4 units per Quarter)
  • Winter and Spring Quarter commitment desired
  • No course prerequisites required
  • Available to all UCLA Graduate and Professional Students
  • Requires faculty permission


Description: The Advancing Bioengineering Innovations (ABI) program is a two-quarter long course designed to teach students about the medical device design process through lectures, guest speakers, and a hands-on project. Multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students will evaluate actual unmet medical needs identified in the UCLA Hospital System and invent and develop practical solutions that address these needs over the Winter.  The team-based project component of the course will be complemented by lectures and panels from UCLA faculty and industry experts to provide additional teaching and guidance on the product development process and entrepreneurship as it relates to medical devices.

The goals of the ABI program are to develop medical device solutions that improve patient care and prepare students for careers in healthcare, product development, and entrepreneurship.  The Winter and Spring series is open to students enrolled in all graduate programs across campus (medicine, management, engineering, life sciences, law, dentistry, design, etc.) although final course enrollment is at the discretion of the faculty.  Students interested in enrollment into the course should register electronically through URSA (if possible) and email the attached Enrollment Survey and a CV to Arnold Suwarnasarn ( as soon as possible.

ABI Winter Syllabus

ABI Enrollment Survey

Schedule:  Wednesdays 4:00-6:50 PM

Faculty:  Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar, Dr. Ben Wu, Roy Doumani

Fellows:  Brittany Berry-PuseyArash SafaeiArnold Suwarnasarn 

Course ID: 650198201