Design Portfolio Featured design projects by the University of Michigan community

RIME RIME

  • Location: Ypsilanti | Pinckney | Hamtramck, Michigan, United States
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Project 1: Wave Patient Scheduling System After conducting an initial needs assessment last September, we saw that patient waiting times were incredibly long (2-4 hours), and that patients would show up sporadically throughout the open hours of the clinic. In order to decrease this waiting time while minimalizing downtime experienced by the volunteer physicians working […]

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ADAPT ADAPT

ADAPT is an interdisciplinary team of UM students working at the intersection of art, design, and engineering to create beautiful and productive designs for people with health challenges. Currently our focus is on designing for wheelchair users while preparing to explore a variety of other problem spaces. We are creating a unique empathetic design process […]

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M-HEAL | Project MESA M-HEAL | Project MESA

The M-HEAL Project MESA: Making Exams Safe and Accessible (formerly Maternal Health Team) began after a needs assessment trip to Nicaragua in 2010. The team visited several clinics (mostly private and non-profit), and discovered that many women in rural communities have limited access to gynecological examinations, which likely contributes to Nicaragua having the highest mortality […]

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Chullina Footbridge | Bridges To Prosperity Chullina Footbridge | Bridges To Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity, University of Michigan Chapter, works on the funding, design and construction management of pedestrian footbridges in rural Bolivia. Through our parent organization, the Chullina village was identified with a great need for a stable footbridge due to highly limited access to markets, medical supplies and schools during the rainy season due to impassable […]

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Hemafuse | Sisu Global Hemafuse | Sisu Global

Hemafuse is a handheld, mechanical device for intraoperative autotransfusion of blood collected from an internal hemorrhage, meant to replace or augment donor blood in emergency situations. The design process for Hemafuse began in 2010 with a needs assessment conducted by a University of Michigan team in Ghana. Student engineers collaborated with Ghanaian clinicians, midwives, and […]

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NicarAGUA | BLUElab NicarAGUA | BLUElab

BLUElab NicarAGUA started its first big project after being approached by Rancho Los Alpes in Leon, Nicaragua, who we were put into contact through the non-profit organization Aqua Clara International. The team originally went to the ranch to work on water filtration systems in the surrounding community, however the eco-lodge felt a need for more […]

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Breast Pump for Low-Resource Settings Breast Pump for Low-Resource Settings

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is highly recommended by UNICEF and WHO. However, only 15% of infants aged 0 to 6 months in some of the least developed countries such as Nigeria are exclusively breastfed. The low rates are due to a mother’s need to return to work, where mothers have […]

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Visualize | A Cervical Cancer Screening Trainer Visualize | A Cervical Cancer Screening Trainer

Visualize is a low-fidelity cervical cancer screening trainer that allows a midwife or other healthcare practitioner to learn how to screen for cervical cancer using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), a screening method that eliminates the need for cytology, which is necessary for a Pap smear. The device itself is a simulated vaginal cavity […]

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SaNima | BLUElab SaNima | BLUElab

Sa Nimá Collaborative was originally founded in 2002 by medical students as an inter-campus initiative, and the goal was to promote social responsibility in healthcare workers through the exploration of international health issues. Up until 2008, Sa Nimá worked in Rancho al Medio, a small village of 1,400 people in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, […]

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Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage

At the start of the 21st century, the United Nations released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – eight benchmarks the world was to meet by 2015. MDG 5 addressed improving maternal health by reducing the worldwide maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015, as well as achieving universal access to reproductive health […]

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Biodigester Energy | Pantanal Biodigester Energy | Pantanal

The best guardians of isolated natural habitats are often the very communities which inhabit them. As urbanization pulls rural inhabitants from their historical homes, these habitats become increasingly vulnerable to commercial exploitation. The scarcity and poor quality of hospitals, schools, and other public infrastructure–as well of the lure of modern technology–are undeniably compelling reasons for […]

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Solar Fridge | M-HEAL Solar Fridge | M-HEAL

Solar Fridge began as a senior design project and was later transferred to become a project team in M-Heal (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives). The problem we are focusing on solving to help safely distribute vaccines in low-resource countries. Vaccines are important to protect a population of a preventable disease. The difficulties with vaccines […]

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