Development and Implementation of a Biometrics Device Design Project in an Introductory BME Course to Support Student Wellness

Isabel Miller, Sara Lamer, Aidan Brougham-Cook, Karin J Jensen, Holly M Golecki

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Mental health challenges have been rising across college campuses. To destigmatize wellness practices and promote student mental health, we present a novel technical project in an introductory bioengineering course that explores stress management techniques through physiology, biosensors, and design. We hypothesize that if students measure objective, physiologic impacts of stress management techniques on themselves, they may be more likely to realize the benefits and use those techniques when needed. Additionally, through this data-driven project, we aim to appeal to engineers' critical thinking nature. To support students in selecting stress management techniques for themselves, mindfulness is introduced and practiced in the course. Initial student feedback on the introduction of mindfulness into the classroom is positive. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to focus on student wellbeing in addition to physical health. Integration of wellness into the core curriculum can normalize the use of these resources within engineering departments and colleges and equip students with stress management tools for their careers. Ultimately, this curricular development lays the groundwork for institutional enhancement of undergraduate STEM education by supporting student wellness through the engineering curriculum.

Supplementary Information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s43683-021-00060-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalBiomedical Engineering Education
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jan 3 2022


  • Undergraduate education
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Design courses
  • Medical device design
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Experiential learning


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