The MEng Program: Graduation and Retention Rates
The MEng program aims to prepare and graduate students for careers in the bioscience industries. While our goal is to graduate every student that enters the program, the program had a 95% retention rate during its first three years.
Analysis of Learning on the MEng Capstone Team Design Project
The MEng program features a second-year capstone engineering Team Design Project (TDP), which is modeled after the success of the MBS Team Masters Project. This project spans the entire second year, and includes training in engineering project management. In the TDP, students are provided with the opportunity to bring together all the technical, economic, quality and regulatory CMC elements in the course program and develop a commercial process for the manufacture of a biopharmaceutical product. Students work in small teams to design a complete biomanufacturing process capable of producing commercial quantities of an API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) or DP (Drug Product). Each team works on a separate and specific design project, based on industry best practices, methods and techniques. To enhance industry relevance, all design projects will be team based and sponsored by an industry client.
The MEng Program launched in 2016, and 9 students from other programs (MBS and PPC) switched into the second year of program. Although the students met all requirements of the curriculum and TDP, it was not the standard sequencing of the fully implemented program. A more complete evaluation will be possible in the 2017-18 academic year as the MEng students’ progress in the fully implemented program. For now, results of the TDP for the initial group of 9 students is presented.
Twenty students participated in the TDP during the 2018-2019 academic year. The TDP Final Project Presentations took place on Friday, April 26, 2019. The TDP Rubric was used for scoring presentations based on quality of presentation, slides, and technical coverage [see Table 2]. A panel of judges composed of KGI faculty and industry leaders, including several members of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center Advisory Board (ABCAB), provided feedback on the students’ work.
A major strength was working in interdisciplinary teams and communication skills (100% demonstrated exceptional levels of proficiency). Other areas, such as using bioprocessing principles revealed 50% exceptional and 50% proficient, demonstrating an area for improvement in fundamentals.