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Kelsey Hoegh, Taylor Powers, Laura Platner and their advisor BME senior lecturer Mitch Tyler discuss their Posters in the Rotunda presentation. Not pictured: group members Tanner Marshall and Daniel Tighe

Kelsey Hoegh, Taylor Powers, Laura Platner and their advisor BME senior lecturer Mitch Tyler discuss their Posters in the Rotunda presentation. Not pictured: group members Tanner Marshall and Daniel Tighe. Photo: Mark Riechers.

 

The Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Awards

 

Program Overview

 

The aim of the Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Awards is to encourage biomedical engineering (BME) students to design and create engineered prototypes of their ideas for the potential pursuit of new business ventures in biomedical industries. The awards accomplish this by:

 

  • Promoting and rewarding innovative BME undergraduate design prototypes.
  • Assisting promising design projects to continue development through follow-on funding and student employment to work on advancing their design.

The program has two principal elements—the Tong BME Design Competition and the Tong BME Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecturer Series.

 

 

The Tong BME Design Competition

 

There are two competitions and respective awards:

 

  • Design Awards. One prize is awarded for the best prototype in each of the sophomore, junior, and senior design classes, i.e., BME 301 and 402, respectively. [DETAILS]
  • Research and Development Award. In a separate application process, any BME 301 or 402 (junior or senior) design project team may apply for a follow-on funding award for continued research and development. [DETAILS]

 

The Tong BME Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecturer Series

 

Sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mr. Peter Tong

 

Invited speakers address the entire BME design class at a special mid-semester event for BME students. The lectures are given by successful entrepreneurs and innovators in the biomedical industry and are designed to appeal to students, staff and faculty in biomedical engineering and biological and medical science. A reception follows the presentation, offering students, staff and faculty an opportunity to talk with the distinguished guest in an informal setting. [DETAILS]




The Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Awards are made possible by a generous gift from the Tong Family Foundation (UW-Madison alumni Peter and Janet Tong).