Course Information




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

Design of Medical Devices

Since 2004 the course has partnered with CIMIT to bring 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


Clinicians - Call for 2015 - 2016 Proposals now OPEN!

Do you have a clinical challenge that needs a new medical device?

CIMIT affiliated clinicians are invited to submit applications to work with teams of MIT mechanical and electrical engineering students in creating prototype solutions. We are actively seeking projects with mechanical and/or electrical challenges.

Download RFP | Submission Link

Two page proposals due: 12 July 2014

Finalists notified: 10 August 2014

Presentation to students for final selection: 3rd week of September

Questions please contact: Dr. Nevan Hanumara


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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