IBV is arranged in a way to best take advantage of the unique skills and passions that each member brings to the group.
IBV has groups devoted to the development of>several projects which members can elect to work on.
Sub-teams within a project:
To achieve high-level efficiency, the individual projects – the Infant Heart Monitor, for example – have certain aspects developed by teams within that group. A project manager oversees the entire project and holds accountable the team leaders who work with and manage the members working on that sub-team.
Again using the example of the Infant Heart Monitor project, a packaging team develops the models, materials, and mode of manufacture for the devices using shared constraints with the circuit team, who are responsible for the electrical aspects of the device.
A worthwhile mission
IBV uses the expertise of its group members in working to achieve the following goals:
• Product Conceptualization: The development of innovative products and technologies. Sources for innovative ideas are from students, Michigan Tech’s Intellectual Property office, faculty/staff of the university, and the surrounding community.
• Business Plan Development: Patent investigations, market research, financial analysis, venture capital development, self-employment topics, legal aspects of business/engineering and business start-up.
• Product Development: Concurrent product, process, and material design to identify optimal business solution for cost, quality, manufacturability, packaging and marketability concerns. IBV will take an idea from development to prototype and potentially begin a start-up company.
• Sustainability: Solicitation of long-term funding from industry for the Enterprise.
Quick Facts: About IBV
A multidisciplinary organization
IBV has students from more than half of the academic programs offered at Michigan Tech.
Ongoing Student Group
IBV was established in 2003.
An alternate pathway for senior design
Students may elect to complete a traditional senior design project or work in an enterprise for 3 semesters.
IBV works with students in Central America and with several business around the world. Members have traveled to Ghana, Africa for clinical application of one of our own devices.
Board of Directors
Dr. Michael Neuman – Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Rober Warrington – Director, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Anne Warrington – Professor, Business Department
Heart Monitor Team
Emma Getty – Team leader
Doug Brynsvold – Team Leader