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In the News – Moral Superiority February 16, 2018

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Image result for moral superiorityHere is an interesting article on moral superiority, “Most People Think They’re Morally Superior To Everyone Else, We’re so high and mighty that we can feel entitled to commit immoral acts.”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/moral-superiority-psychology_us_5892110fe4b0522c7d3e6a32

 

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Important Information Needed ASAP February 15, 2018

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Your group needs to provide me the following information that will be printed up in the Design Expo Booklet that gets distributed at the College’s Design Expo at the end of the semester: project information, which would be a title or name of your project and a short abstract, along with the names of the students in your group. Also list any faculty and/or staff that were involved as mentors. This has to be to me by 5pm February 15th or else your project will not be in the booklet. Here are the actual forms you will need to fill out. When these are completed send them to me. Project template   and  2 Thank yous

This is Water? February 13, 2018

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this-is-waterDavid Foster Wallace is considered to be one of the greatest American authors. There is a recent 2015 highly acclaimed movie (The End of the Tour) which is about a portion of his life following the publication of his massive book “Infinite Jest” that stars Jesse Eisenberg as a reporter and Jason Segal as Wallace. Here is an excerpt of the 2005 commencement address that the late American author David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in Ohio a few years before his death, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm95eZ1PZL0

Lecture on Ethics – Part A February 13, 2018

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walkfootHere are the first set of slides we will be discussing in class  ,  ethics2018-A

In the News – The End Justifies the Means February 13, 2018

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cheatingFollow this link to read about the broad appeal for lying, cheating, and stealing, http://theweek.com/article/index/240019/lying-cheating-stealing-how-corrupt-is-america

In the News – Ignorance is Bliss February 12, 2018

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I found the following story on the NPR iPhone App

Science Says That To Fight Ignorance, We Must Start By Admitting Our Own
by Adam Frank

NPR – January 12, 2018

Science is not a philosophy or a spiritual path; it’s a way of behaving in the world….

https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/01/12/577356257/science-says-that-to-fight-ignorance-we-must-start-by-admitting-our-own?sc=17&f=1007&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

Virtue of the Week – Temperance February 12, 2018

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temperance  Temperance as a virtue means being able to have moderation, self-restraint, or self-control in your human actions. This is also one of the Cardinal virtues.

Ethics Assignment February 6, 2018

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moralrelativism3As part of our series of classes we will be having on ethics I would like you to carefully read the attached article by Christina Sommers and then write a 2-3 page reflection paper (1 inch margins, 12 font, double spaced) on your thoughts about what Sommers is talking about and its relevance to you in terms of the development of your character and professional ethics. Also, in terms of the engineering profession, discuss 6 virtues that you feel are important to the practice of engineering. Here is the link for the article teachingvirtues0111. Your paper is due to me by March 2, 2018.

The paper is graded according to this scheme: cover page, not included in the page count (5 points), thesis statement, what it is you will discuss in the essay (5 points), organization (10 points), grammar (10 points), spelling (5 points), arguments support thesis (10 points), overall impression (5 points).

Capstone Essay Assignment January 25, 2018

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This assignment is a capstone reflection where you will write an essay addressing your knowledge about contemporary issues, specifically, how your University of Toledo experience has given you the broad education needed to understand the impact you can make with your engineering education to solve these issues, and then you will look forward into your professional career path to describe how you plan to engage in life-long learning in order to continue to keep yourself relevant throughout your career.

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Spring 2018 Syllabus, Design II January 16, 2018

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celebrateHere is the link for the syllabus for Design II, bioe-4420-S18

Design History File (DHF) and Design Documentation January 16, 2018

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dhfRemember that as part of your final submissions at the end of the Spring semester there is a requirement that you provide your design history file (DHF) along with your final technical report. The DHF should be contained in a large 3 ring binder that documents under various categories, and in chronological order, the process of developing your design prototype, so basically everything from concept conception to final prototype design. Here is some more info on this , Design Documentation-2013 and design documentation-2013a

Purchasing Stuff January 10, 2018

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purchasingThe BIOE secretary (aka Mary) will be setting up budgets for each senior design group so we can track and pay for your project purchases. Mary needs the name of your team’s purchasing agent who will be coordinating all the purchases for a given team. So let me know who that will be when we meet in class on January 16th. Only that person should interact with Mary on the group’s behalf.  When your group has a need to purchase something please have your purchasing agent forward that information to Mary or stop by and see her. Here is a form that you can use for placing orders thru Mary, BioE Sr. Design Purchase Request . Also here is a link to another form that exempts you from paying sales tax for purchases that you make personally, and are not made thru the University. Make sure you use this form since the University will not reimburse you for any sales tax, Tax Exempt Form .

Job Opportunity – Bioartificial Organs December 14, 2017

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A former MSBE student of mine, Charlie Blaha, works in a bioartificial organs (pancreas and kidney) research lab at UC San Francisco and for several startups that have sprung up from this lab. They have recently secured additional funding for the stem cell based bioaritficial pancreas and expect to get more funding for the adult islet bioartificial pancreas project. Consequently they are looking to hire (both through UCSF and the startup company) more bioengineers. Ideal candidates may be someone interested in pursuing grad school but wants to wait and work for a few years, someone who is really interested in entrepreneurship and biotransport, and someone who is hardworking and passionate about bioengineering. Charlie says they can offer lots of opportunities for growth, just not a very high salary, especially given the high cost of living in the Bay Area. If you are interested or have questions let me know and I can tell you how to get in touch with Charlie.

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!

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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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

 

 

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 .

In the News – Ouch! February 6, 2018

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fitbit-force-9to5mac-newHere’s a link to a story about problems with skin irritation caused by the initial launch of FitBit, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/fitbit-force-rashes_n_4590859.html . Makes you wonder if they checked this thing out in terms of its biocompatibility before putting it out on the market?

In the News – Prudence February 5, 2018

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Here is an interesting essay on the virtue of prudence, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/opinion/how-the-modern-world-made-cowards-of-us-all.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share