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At the Illinois Institute of Technology all students are required to enroll for two semesters in courses offered by the Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO). These courses offer students an opportunity to design and prototype solutions to real-world problems in an interdisciplinary team-based setting. Since 2007, Dr. Gatchell has led ~12 IPRO courses addressing problems ranging from the development of a novel fishhook, to the development of a portable surgical tent. This talk will focus on the lessons learned from leading these IPROs and how the experience gained has been used to design a second version of the IPRO experience titled, “IPRO 2.0.” Particular emphasis will be placed on the assessment structure introduced to provide engaging and challenging experiences across the diversity of projects offered through this program.
David Gatchell, PhD, is a senior lecturer and research assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering, and lead instructor for IPRO 2.0 at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
Dr. Gatchell received an AB in physics from Bowdoin College, and his PhD from Boston University in biomedical engineering. After finishing his dissertation, Dr. Gatchell spent four years as a research associate at Northwestern University as a member of the VaNTH Engineering Research Center of Bioengineering Educational Technologies. He joined the BME department at IIT in 2007, where he is interested in 1) designing effective STEM learning environments; 2) integrating entrepreneurial thinking into undergraduate engineering education; 3) assessing core competencies in communication, teamwork, leadership, and ethics; 4) modeling cellular behavior with applications to regenerative medicine. Dr. Gatchell teaches several courses within the BME department, most notably the senior design capstone sequence (BME 419 and 420) which he co-instructs with Dr. Jennifer Kang Mieler. He is also the lead instructor for IPRO 2.0, an interdisciplinary project-based course required of all undergraduates at IIT. David collaborates actively with IIT’s entrepreneurship academy as well as its math and science education department. David is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).
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