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What if Biomedical Engineers Were Designers?
Start Date: 3/15/2017Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 3/15/2017End Time: 5:30 PM

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BIOMED Seminar

What if Biomedical Engineers Were Designers?

Michael Glaser
Program Director
Associate Professor
Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Drexel University

This seminar will focus on creating a discussion around the value of acting like a designer as a way to create novel thinking in Biomedical Engineering. Over the past several years, Drexel’s Biomedical Engineering program has offered a course entitled “BMES534: Design Thinking in BME." Its goal is to expose students to design methodology and the art of novel problem solving. During the course, students develop a designer’s approach as an applied learning experience in abductive reasoning and insight development, guided by user-centered design principles.

The lecture will include discussions of the theory behind being a designer, as well as show some of the pedagogy and learning outcomes from the course. Students from the current class will also be in attendance to add their insight into their educational experience.


Mike Glaser is a leader in the global design community. He brings twenty plus years of design experience and expertise to Drexel University. He holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor's in Industrial Design from University of Cincinnati. Mike has taught design at several institutions including The Ohio State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mike's current focus is on educating designers and non-designers alike in developing techniques that induce the creation of novel ideas and facilitating innovation through a visual problem solving process. His current research is in quantifying the designer’s intuition. Mike has recently been collaborating with other artists on interactive instillation that looks at the interplay between digital and physical forms and serves as a celebration of the innate human desire to shape our surroundings.

In addition to Mike’s pedagogical pursuits, he has a long career of developing products and design strategies for Hewlett-Packard, Ciba Corning, Data General, Telxon, Texas Instruments, Whal Clippers, and others. Mike was previously Director of the Design at Ignition in Plano, TX, as well as a crucial force in launching two independent design firms.
Contact Information:
Name: Ken Barbee
Phone: 215-895-1335
Email: barbee@drexel.edu
Mike Glaser
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), Room 120, located on the northeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets.
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