Last Updated:
December 12, 2013

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Bioengineering Capstone Project Resources

This page compiles some of the online resources that have been (or will be) discussed in lecture. More will be added as the year goes on, and your input on additional resources is welcome!

Material selection

As noted in BIOEN 404/405 lecture, the MatWeb material property guide can be a useful resource for selecting materials, as well as for understanding which material properties you should consider in your design.

Design standards

"Design standards" are documents that describe the best practices for designing a variety of devices, materials, and processes. Some are considered to be legally binding requirements (to be followed by any Professional Engineer), while others are considered to be guidance. Some are freely available to the public, while others are sold by the responsible organization, sometimes at considerable cost.

In the Sept 2013 BMEidea capstone workshop, a NCIIA (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance) workgroup expressed student access to for-sale standards for educational purposes to be a priority and requested the NCIIA governance to work toward greater access; this action is currently underway.

Organization Web site Notes
FDA Recognized Consensus Standards database FDA CRS site Includes many Standards organizations so you can see what is relevant to your product area.

University of Washington Libraries

UW Engineering Standards page

Includes access to ASTM and IEEE documents for educational purposes, not for commercial use.
University of Washington Libraries UW General standards links Another entry point to the searchable database.
American Society for Testing and Materials  
Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE standards page  
Assoc. for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)  
International Standards Organization  
National Institute for Standards and Technology Available when Gov't is funded.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Basis for much of Institutional Review Board (IRB) policy
NIH Office of Extramural Research Guidance for Human Subjects Testing. Includes training modules.
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry Not standards per se, but includes discussion on industry practices and regulation.