L. M. Waples

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Publications (5)2.73 Total impact

  • Lisa M Waples, Kristina M Ropella
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the activities that are vital to establishing and maintaining a thriving cooperative education and industrial internship program. In addition, we describe the benefits of such a program for not only the students but for the industrial partners and for the university. Student participants work as engineering professionals, gain valuable engineering and business experience, apply engineering concepts to real-world problems, and tend to be more focused on their career choices after participating in a co-op or internship opportunity. There are also multiple benefits to the industrial partner. Employers have the opportunity to train potential long-term employees; capture the attention of motivated, talented biomedical engineers; obtain visibility at the university; and ultimately lower their turnover and training costs. Students can also provide a fresh perspective and can be motivators contributing to the growth of the employers' organization. Finally, the academic department benefits from industrial partnerships through increased student satisfaction, improved student training, novel education programs, job placement for graduates, and research collaborations.
    IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine 01/2003; 22(4):118-21. · 2.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Product development engineers in medical industries have created design control procedures to ensure high quality designs that are as error-free as possible. The reason is simple; companies must adhere to certain engineering and manufacturing "best practices" in order to obtain certification of their devices for sale in the US and abroad. We describe here an ongoing effort to apply these industrial "best practices" to the design and implementation of a novel sequence of undergraduate biomedical computing courses within the Department of Bio-medical Engineering at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). We have tightly integrated our industrial advisory board into this design and development effort. The board has contributed to significantly to the orderly generation of curricular requirements, the development of course implementation designs and the evaluation of these designs per requirements.
    Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 2002. 24th Annual Conference and the Annual Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society EMBS/BMES Conference, 2002. Proceedings of the Second Joint; 11/2002
  • K.M. Ropella, L.M. Waples
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    ABSTRACT: At Marquette University we have begun offering continuing education courses tailored for individual industry participants. This program stems from the strong industrial partnerships that we have developed through our undergraduate and graduate co-op and internship programs. The continuing education format allows for more practicing engineers to participate, more faculty involvement with industry, and courses that are custom-designed to meet the needs of individual industries.
    Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 2002. 24th Annual Conference and the Annual Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society EMBS/BMES Conference, 2002. Proceedings of the Second Joint; 11/2002
  • K. M. Ropella, L. M. Waples
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    ABSTRACT: The Biomedical Engineering Program at Marquette University has integrated a novel two-year curriculum into their undergraduate industrial cooperative (co-op) education and summer internship program. The new curriculum is designed to prepare students for industrial opportunities at the completion of their sophomore year
    01/1999; 2.
  • L. M. Waples, K. M. Ropella
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    ABSTRACT: The Biomedical Engineering Co-Op/Internship Program at Marquette University has grown substantially in the last three years to include 19 Co-Op partners with over 70% student participation. During this time the authors have recruited 15 new Co-Op partners, instituted a new curriculum to prepare students for Internships and Co-Ops, initiated a biomedical engineering F.D.A. Internship program, and expanded their interaction with existing industrial partners. The benefits to the students of the biomedical engineering program have been numerous. Most significantly, the majority of the graduating biomedical engineers, now possessing industrial engineering experience, are receiving multiple offers for employment. In addition, the student's industrial experiences enhance their understanding of biomedical engineering and contribute to the classroom environment upon return to Marquette
    01/1999; 2.