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KGI to Launch Medical Device Engineering Program in Fall 2019

Responding to the needs of the medical device industry, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) will launch a Master of Science in Medical Device Engineering (MSMDE) degree program, with the first cohort scheduled to enroll in the Fall of 2019.

The two-year MSMDE program is designed for those with a passion for medical devices and diagnostics who want to apply engineering to healthcare problems, design devices to diagnose and treat medical needs, lead the development of the next-generation of transformative medical devices, and plan and manage the production of medical devices to improve worldwide healthcare.

“The medical device engineering students will gain experience in a clinical setting while developing relationships with industry leaders,” said Anna Hickerson, KGI assistant professor and program director for MSMDE.

“Graduates will be ready to excel in engineering positions at medical device companies.”

Courses in the program will be delivered in small section sizes with the aim of delivering realistic and transferable experiences for industry careers. Students will have access to the Medical and Assistive Device (MAD) Lab for collaborating, designing, prototyping, and showcasing their work, including workstations for CAD design, 3D printing, electronics testing, and more.

“KGI is committed to innovation that is capable of strengthening communities and improving lives,” said KGI President Sheldon Schuster. “What distinguishes KGI is that we are able to respond to the demands of industry and create programs that will prepare students for jobs in the workforce. The MSMDE program is another great example of KGI’s innovation and growth.”

The curriculum for the four-semester program integrates three key knowledge areas across core and elective courses, and provides authentic experiences with patients, providers, and industry. Additionally, during the second year of the program, students will participate in teams on a year-long industry sponsored project with support from a faculty advisor and liaison from the sponsoring company.