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Friday, March 22 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Collaborative Design Yields Significant Social Impact

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Collaborative design between Engineering and Nursing is beginning to make a significant social impact. A number of student projects have had direct impact on a small number of disabled individuals. A slightly broader impact is evidenced by students expressing transformational awareness of how they can benefit from multi-disciplined projects. Broad impact is being made as the program draws public attention, including news articles and acknowledgment in a recent speech by First-Lady Michelle Obama. The authors contend that there is potential for very broad social impact by commercializing the designs, but the path to commercialization is challenging, especially for a primarily undergraduate program. The authors describe failures, lessons learned and plans for establishing a commercialization process within the undergraduate program. The commercialization process itself will require a collaborative effort to attract participants from any or all UDM colleges.


Darrell Kleinke

Dr. Darrell Kleinke has over 25 years of industry experience in the design and development of electro-mechanical systems. As a tenure-track faculty member of the UDM mechanical engineering department, he has adopted a program of instruction which UDM has branded "Faces on Design." In addition to academic work, Dr Kleinke is a registered professional engineer and conducts seminars on innovation tailored to the needs of automotive engineers. Dr... Read More →
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Molly McClelland

Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy
Dr. Molly McClelland earned a BSN in 1988 and specialized in Intensive Care at the University of Michigan and Beaumont Hospitals. Following her Masters of Nursing degree in 1993, McClelland worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, establishing and managing a Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinic at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at U of M.  Following her PhD in 1997, Dr. McClelland worked at Oakland University and then UDM as... Read More →

Friday March 22, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 15

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