Course Information




Fall: Design of Medical Devices

2.75 - 6.525 (G-H)
2.750 - 6.025J (UG CI-M)

Since 2004 the course has brought together Boston-area physicians and MIT engineering students in developing new medical devices.  Physicians present their particular challenges then student teams work with them during the course of a semester to develop solutions.

Over the past years, this class has become a highly effective mechanism for generating new research ideas and collaborations with patents filed and many of the projects receiving subsequent funding and accelerating from prototypes toproducts.

Projects identified to have a significant impact with a viable market can be continued into the spring term for the next level implimentation.

2.750 is an alternative to the ME 2.009 requirement, Units: 3 - 0 - 9

Official Course Description (Registrar)

Tuesday & Thursday 2:30 - 4:00 PM in 3-442

Student questions?

Please contact the course staff


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Course Highlights

  • Work with a local client on a real medical challenge!
  • Learn the design process & prototype a solution
  • Applied mechanical & electrical engineering
  • Weekly design reviews with the instructors
  • Guest lectures from professionals
  • Presentations throught the course
  • Journal quality final paper and possible patent application
  • Explore Past Projects
  • Tech TV

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Course Instructors


Prof. Alex H. Slocum


Prof. Charlie G. Sodini


Dr. Nevan Hanumara


Spring: 2.753 (G), 2.752 (U)

Development of Mechanical Products

2.753 is offered in the Spring term as a follow-on course to focus on evolving a product from proof-of-concept to beta prototype.

Teams learn skills including project planning, budgeting, models for scaling, tolerancing and reliability, patenting and business planning.

In lieu of taking 12 units of 2.ThU, Course 2 majors taking 2.752 may write a bachelor's thesis that documents their contributions to the product.

- Prof. Alexander H. Slocum, Course Instructor


Tuesday & Thursday 15:00 - 16:30 in 3-442

Units: 3-0-9

Student questions? - Please contact the course staff

A special note on the Spring 2015 course - please read!


Spring 2015 Prof. Slocum is on sabbatical, but MIT-based, so project options are limited:

  • Teams from fall 2015 2.75 invited to continue their projects.
  • Mechanisms for uranium mining from seawater (DoE). Details
  • Electro spinning of pharmaceuticals directly into pills (Novartis) . TBA
  • Projects from other classes can only be accommodated by special arrangement.

Unfortunately personal projects cannot be accommodated.

Students wishing to use 2.752 as a senior thesis class must contact Prof. Slocum for approval.

Students are expected to familiar with Fundamentals and machine design before starting class.

Course Instructors:

Prof. Alexander H. Slocum

Dr. Nevan C. Hanumara

Student questions? - Please contact the course staff


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