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UT COBI Business Plan Competition December 8, 2017

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Innovation Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.Here is informational link, utoledo.edu/business.  Also, the Information Session is scheduled for February 5th from noon to 1pm in the Savage and Assoc. Business Complex PNC Entrepreneurship Lab Room 3100. Entries are due on February 26th. Finalists will be announced on March 23rd. Finalists will present to the judges on April 12th.  Remember to submit to me a hard copy of your entry!

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Info Re Spring Semester December 7, 2017

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makerbot-replicator-2-0-0 For the Spring semester note that the class meets on BOTH Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday’s will be our normal class time and sometimes we will also meet in class on Thursday’s too , for example, when we have progress presentations. Otherwise, the Thursday time slot is for your group to have a common time for meetings and to work on the design. So please clear your schedules for design for both Tuesday and Thursday from 1110am to 1230pm. Also, everyone should come to our first class on Tuesday, January 16th at 1110am.

Evaluation of Team Members December 6, 2017

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Evaluation-Form-ExamplesPlease use the attached group evaluation form to assess the participation of the members of your group. This will form be part of your class and team participation grade which represents 10% of your total grade and hence should be taken very seriously by you. Please print and complete the evaluation form and submit a hard copy to me no later than December 14th. If I do not receive an evaluation then I will presume that there are no issues with the members of your team. Here is the form GROUP EVALUATION FORM1

Honors Assignment for Spring 2018 November 29, 2017

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Honor Students in the Spring semester will read Robert Pirsig’s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. (Robert Pirsig, Author Of ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dead At 88
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-pirsig-zen-motorcycle-maintenance-obituary_us_58fedf8ae4b0c46f0781d584

After reading this book you will write a 5-7 page essay on your thoughts, Bioengineering Design 4420 Honors Project . With the Winter Break coming this would be a good time to read this book and work on your essay. The essay will be due around March 23, 2018.

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A Spring Design Electice November 14, 2017

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 I have been asked to provide info on a technical elective that is available for you to consider that is on Bio Design and is offered by the Art Department. Attached are some flyers about this, Biodesign Poster 1  and  Biodesign Challenge summary2

Engineering Design Constraints November 6, 2017

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constraintsYour engineering design must consider the constraints that lead to an optimal solution to your problem. These constraints come in many different flavors and are discussed in this presentation, design_constraints. Make sure you consider and document these constraints in the design process.

BIOE Design Groups – Fall 2017 November 1, 2017

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teamsHere are the BIOE senior design teams for the Fall and Spring 2017-18 Semesters. (Any corrections please let me know) (DeGraff  Creative Leader Type: Ar=artist, At=athlete, E=engineer, S=sage)

2. Rebecca, Tyler, Therese, Emily W., Caren; A Better Ruck Sack Design

3. Reza, Allison, Taz, Bushra, Leslie; Smart Pacifier

5. Jesse, Justin, Brandon, Emily S., Ribhi; Phototherapy device

7. Kayla, Jaclyn H. Kenzie, Katie, Cody K.; Drug Detector

11. Maddie, Beka, Alec, Alex, Miranda; AFO Brace

13. Shailen, George, Andrew, Carl, Adreyn; Seizure Detection

17. Bre’Auna, Shailaa, Marisa, Jacklyn C., Karissa; Baby Shaker

19. Ceira, Dan, Brian, Adam Walker; Attachment for Visually Imparied

23. Palguna, Basil, Mazzin, Nagib, Cody C.; Hand Washer Reminder

 

 

Honor Students’ Essay on “Innovation and Entrepreneuership” October 6, 2017

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entrepreneurship After reading Peter Drucker’s book “Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I & E) ” write a 3-4 page essay on one of the following topics that are listed below. The essay should have a cover page (not included as part of the page count), have one inch margins all around, be double spaced and single sided, use footnotes for references to Drucker’s book or other sources [i.e., Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (New York: HarperBusiness, 1993), page# or if already cited then Ibid., page#] , and use Times New Roman font 12. Make sure the first paragraph of your essay contains a thesis statement on your selected topic, i.e. in this essay it will be shown that blah blah etc. The essay is due around November 25th.

A good reference book for writing essays, research papers, and theses is Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers.

The paper is graded according to this scheme: cover page (5 points), thesis statement (5 points), organization (10 points), grammar (10 points), spelling (5 points), arguments support thesis (10 points), overall impression (5 points).

Here are the topics that you can write about:

1. What does Drucker say about I & E in terms of steelmaking?

2. Explain innovation within a process and its relationship to entrepreneurship. (more…)

Shark Tank – Weeks of October 23rd and October 30th October 4, 2017

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Shark_tank_logoThe Shark Tank for our classes will be held during the weeks of October 23rd and October 30th in the SSOE Seminar Room NI 1027

Team presentations consist of presenting a “sales pitch” for  up to 3 ideas. Make sure that your team has discussed the 3 ideas to be presented with Dr. Fournier before the day of your Shark Tank presentation. Please give me a hard copy of your presentation.

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Additional Info Re Biz Plans and PC Build October 4, 2017

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Business-Plan  Here are some slides that summarize PC Build as a model biz plan,  bizplansb&w

Scoresheet for Your Business Plan October 4, 2017

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rubric1The Business Plan which is due at the end of the semester incorporates the Business Model Canvas as discussed in class. The Business Model Canvas is what you need to do in terms of assessing and launching your business. Blank says this a “dynamic process” whereas the Business Plan is a “static model” of your business. What you learned in the activities of the Business Model Canvas about your potential business becomes part of your Business Plan. Here is a PowerPoint slide that summarizes the key elements of the Business Model Canvasbusinessmodelcanvas . The nine parts of the Business Model Canvas are mapped to the elements of the Business Plan as shown in the attached grading rubric for the Business Plan. Be sure you address these Business Model Canvas parts in the relevant sections of your Business Plan. Here is a link to the rubric that will be used to score your Business Planbusiness-plan-rubric2014, which also shows some suggested places where you need to consider the Business Model Canvas results in your Business Plan discussion. To make it easier to grade please use the order and titles of the topics shown in this rubric. Also, here is a video we showed in class that explains the Business Model Canvas, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAOzMTLP5s

Business Plan Details October 4, 2017

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bizplan2Here is the sample business plan we will discuss in class called PC Build , PC-Build, Inc. Case.  Also, here is the actual outline to be followed for your business plan is found here; bizplanoutlinesept2014.

Syllabus August 28, 2017

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classroomHere is the syllabus (sections 001 and honors) BIOE 4410-F17 . Please read the syllabus very carefully .

Last Class on November 27th November 27, 2017

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timeforreviewOur last class is on Monday, November 27th. We will also do the course evaluations then and discuss     and finalclasswrapup   business-plan-rubric2014

Remaining Classes this Semester November 13, 2017

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valuepropositionRemember that the only remaining scheduled class times we will have together during the Fall semester are on November 20th for the exam and on November 27th for a quick biz plan review and what the next steps are etc. All other Monday and Wednesday classes are for your ENTIRE team to meet and work on the biz plan.

In the News – Social Media November 12, 2017

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 Here’s an interesting essay regarding social media, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/jobs/quit-social-media-your-career-may-depend-on-it.html?_r=0

Team Process Check – Next Steps November 9, 2017

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Based on my review of the Team Process Checks here are some things for your group to consider as you move forward:

  1. Make BIOE design  a priority!
  2. Have regular team meetings with 100% attendance expected and turn off your cell phone
  3. Have an agenda for your meetings
  4. Log action items from your meetings
  5. Hold team members accountable to these action items and other assignments
  6. Select a team leader which can rotate based on the task at hand, for example, a) the business plan, b) brainstorming your final solution approach, c) prototyping, d) final report, e) the DHF, f) meeting minutes and action items
  7. identify key tasks and milestones, develop a project schedule
  8. use the holiday break effectively

Entrepreneurship Exam is November 20th November 9, 2017

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trianglexRemember that there will be an exam during your regularly scheduled design class time on November 20th. The exam is closed book and notes and will cover all of the material discussed in the entrepreneurship PowerPoint slides.