Student Design Projects

UF BME Students have the option to participate in BME Design Team Groups, or may choose to participate in the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) program, in which they work on interdisciplinary with other senior engineering students across the College.

In these programs, students work on designing, building and testing authentic products for industrial sponsors. Companies can realize concurrent design of products and processes to improve product costs/quality and reduce time-to-market. Students are coached by faculty mentors and the professional liaison engineers at the sponsoring companies. These teams provide your company with valuable interaction with faculty who have interest and expertise in technical areas of your business; in addition, your company will gain visibility with our students and be able to identify and recruit the best among them.

Our Design Courses Stress the Following Competencies:

  • FDA Design Controls
    • Needs , Requirements, and Specifications
    • Design Verification, Design Validation
  • Risk Analysis and Quality Controls
    • Design, User, and Process FMEA
  • Regulatory Strategies
    • 510(k) documentation
    • ISO and ASTM standards
  • Prototyping and Physician Feedback
  • Sterilization and Aging (Packaging)
  • Labeling and Instructions for Use
  • Intellectual Property and Protection
  • Manufacturing and Sourcing

Project Selection Criteria:

  1. Project should solve a specific need for your company
  2. Project should not be of immediate concern to your company assuming a minimum development cycle of two semesters (8 months)
    • Project definition: April to June
    • Project execution: late August to mid-April
  3. Discrete projects should involve design and manufacture. For example the project could involve:
    • A physical prototype for a new product or product derivative including the associated manufacturing processes
    • The redesign of an existing product including a physical prototype and the associated manufacturing processes (redesign for cost, quality, performance, productivity, automation, etc.)
    • A physical prototype for a new or redesigned test equipment or manufacturing process
  4. Continuous process projects should involve design, modeling and analytical prototyping
  5. Project scope should be approximately 600 engineering hours (spread over an 8 month calendar period)
  6. Student teams (5 to 7 per team) will be responsible for the success of the project
  7. Student teams will be coached by experienced engineering faculty (6 to 8 hours/week)
  8. Your company must be willing to dedicate some time of liaison engineer to the project (2 to 3 hours/week)
  9. Liaison engineer should:
    • Have management support
    • Have vested interest in the success of the project
    • Be willing to work with students
  10. Projects should preferably not be classified or highly proprietary. If required, students/faculty will sign nondisclosure agreement
  11. Students should be able to publicly present their work with the mutual agreement of company

Project Timeline:


  • April – July (prior to fall semester start): Project Identification and Selection
  • August:Project Initiation
  • Sep - Dec:Focus, Definition, Specification, Concept Generation, Design Selection
  • Dec: Project Design Reviews
  • Jan – Apr:Strategy, Protection, Prototyping, Verification, Validation
  • Apr: Final Project Report and Presentation


How to Sponsor:

Sponsoring companies provide an unrestricted grant of $23,000 to support one project. The grant is administered through the UF Department of Sponsored Research. The project work scope is anticipated to be equivalent to 600 – 800 professional engineering hours per project. This baseline amount includes $2,000 to cover the costs of producing functional product prototypes. The funds are used to compensate the faculty project mentor (“coach”), pay for student team travel to and from the sponsor’s facility, purchase materials and services required for prototype fabrication, and cover ancillary IPPD program support costs.

Sponsor companies own the design and any developed intellectual property but agree not to hold students or the University responsible for the final success of the project or any product liability. Unless specifically requested by the sponsor company, students will be allowed to discuss and display the project. If required, any participants in classroom activities will sign a non-disclosure agreement.

If you are interested in finding out more about our BME Student Design Projects, please contact Dr. Stephen H. Arce at 352-392-0228 or