ISE Senior Design: O’ Bleness Surgical Equipment

Steve Burns

Steve Burns,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 7 March 2013 – As a senior in the industrial and systems engineering program, I am currently involved in our program’s senior design class. The senior project involves the class splitting into groups of 3 or 4 people, and taking on a project for a real world company. My groups project is with the local hospital in Athens, O’Bleness Memorial Hospital. These real world projects are a great way to close out the years spent in school and prepare you for a career upon graduation.

The project my team has involves the movement of surgical equipment through the operating rooms at the hospital. We are investigating the reasons that items may be missing from an operating room when a surgery is set to begin. The overall goal of the project is to create a more efficient flow of items from inventory to individual operating rooms, ensuring that no surgical items are missing.

I am really enjoying this opportunity to work on this project. The senior capstone course really helps to bring together all the tools and concepts I have learned, and gives a better understanding on when to use these tools. Working on real world projects such as this gives a much bigger picture than regular textbook problems. There is not one single way to solve the problems you come across, and you need to reason to even determine what the best way to solve the problem is.

I am very grateful that ISE requires capstone courses such as these. It is another great learning tool at our exposure and is a wonderful way to bring a collegiate career to a close.

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