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In the News – Novel Blood Cleansing Device October 10, 2017

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sepsis-fiber-400x265Here is an interesting news release on a hollow fiber based system for treating sepsis, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terrence-mcnally/novel-blood-cleansing-dev_b_8316146.html?utm_hp_ref=tw


HW3 – Team Process Check October 6, 2017

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This assignment concerns assessing how well your team is functioning and allows your team to identify any issues and work on remedies that will help your team function at the highest levels. This assignment is due on November 6th and is described in this file, tm-process-ck . Note that this is also a team review, a self review, and a peer review so be sure to identify who you are evaluating. This information will also be used in the determination of your final grade for this semester.

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…)

In the News – FDA Can Send You to Jail October 5, 2017

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Get_out_of_jail_free“A federal judge in Georgia sentenced the 61-year-old former head of Peanut Corporation of America to 28 years behind bars, imposing potentially the toughest punishment in U.S. history for a producer in a food-borne illness case.” To read more follow this link http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/09/21/peanut-executive-salmonella-sentencing/72549166/

In the News – Entrepreneurship, It Is Good to be an Engineer October 5, 2017

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entrepreneurshipHere is a link to an interesting piece about entrepreneurship and engineering,http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-pavley/entrepreneur-career_b_2225842.html?utm_hp_ref=technology

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.


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.

Homework #2 September 25, 2017

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venture_capitalistWrite a short paper (one per team) that summarizes your group’s experiences and what you have learned by “getting out of the building.” Be sure to cite some examples as well as any “pivots” in your assumptions. This assignment is due as a hard copy on October 16th .

BIOE Design Groups – Fall 2017 August 28, 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

3. Reza, Allison, Taz, Bushra, Leslie

5. Jesse, Justin, Brandon, Emily S., Ribhi

7. Kayla, Jaclyn H. Kenzie, Katie, Cody K.

11. Maddie, Beka, Alec, Alex, Miranda

13. Shailen, George, Andrew, Carl, Adreyn

17. Bre’Auna, Shailaa, Marisa, Jacklyn C., Karissa

19. Ceira, Dan, Brian, Adam

23. Palguna, Basil, Mazzin, Nagib, Cody C.



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 .

Protected: Slides for October 9th Class October 9, 2017

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Distinguished Alumnus Seminar October 4, 2017

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https://biotransport.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/monkey_glasses.jpg?w=141&h=116   one of my former students!