UC Davis Design and Honors programs, along with TEAM Lab were granted Runner Up and community choice by CORE77, in Design Education Initiative category.
UC Davis design history professor, Christina Cogdell started the Biodesign Challenge class in 2018, during which she co-taught with biomedical engineering faculty member Marc Facciotti. It is a two-quarter class for students across design, bioscience and engineering to collaborate and compete in the internal biodesign challenge. The winning team would represent the school to compete at Biodesign Challenge in NYC. During the first quarter, students studied the fundamentals of bacteria cellulose. In the next quarter, students got into multidisciplinary teams of three or four to experiment and make a prototype.
“Having students or employees from different disciplinary backgrounds work closely and rapidly together on innovation is efficient, effective, engaging, and energizing for a number of reasons,” Cogdell wrote in her CORE77 entry. In the past, few design students had access to work in labs and work with living organisms, while few bioscience or engineering students were introduced design thinking or conducted user interviews.
We look forward to the next Biodesign Challenge, and the new technology this industry will bring.