ENGM 189: Topics in Engineering Management


13F, 14F: Mon, Tues 1:15-2:45pm


Graduate standing in engineering or business administration


Gerngross (189-01)
Paulsen (189-02)


Fall 2013: None

Cannot be used to satisfy any A.B. degree requirements

This course consists of two mini-courses:

ENGM 189-01 Trends in Biotechnology

Technological innovation is driving change in our society. Its influence is being felt in our work environment, our educational institutions, our homes, and our healthcare system — essentially in all spheres of our economic and social setup. Never before in history has change been so ubiquitous and rapid. It therefore becomes essential to understand the very pulse of this change and to be able to comprehend in some manner the nature of this change. The technological changes taking place in our society can be classified into three major categories: (1) Information Technology enabled trends, (2) Life Sciences trends and (3) Materials/Nanotechnology based trends. Each of these is at a different maturation phase and is expected to impact society within different time frames. The life sciences and the application of biotechnology are starting to significantly impact modern medicine, the chemical industry and agriculture — the societal and economic changes catalyzed by this transition are going to be felt in the near future. Lectures will examine these relationships and subject them to a critical analysis as well as identify important trends and opportunities in the life science/biotechnology realm.

ENGM 189-02 Medical Device Development

This module of the course is an overview of existing medical devices and discusses methods for development, evaluation, and approval of new medical devices. The course will cover both diagnostic and interventional devices, and cover clinical and pre-clinical testing issues, as well as a discussion of FDA approval processes, funding startups, and cost effectiveness analysis. The course will involve several case studies as examples. For projects, students will work in teams to analyze needs in the medical setting and come up with a plan for a new device, and analyze how best to develop it with a new startup. Two classes per week, 5 weeks total.