Benefits to the University
The IMSE department and the College of Engineering at USF have done outstanding jobs in the past when assisting the State of Florida in the educational environment. The IMSE department offers graduate certificates in Total Quality Management (TQM), Technology Management (TM), and Regulatory Affairs (RA) for individuals with undergraduate degrees and a desire to update their skills. Additionally, the popular Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) degree is offered within the IMSE department for individuals with an undergraduate engineering degree who desire to develop the management skills required in a technical environment. The TQM certificate, TM certificate and MSEM degree program are all available on the Tampa campus and over the Internet via the College’s distance education program APEX. These programs have facilitated knowledge enhancement and skill development to a significant number of professionals in the Tampa Bay area but throughout the world at high technology/engineering firms and healthcare facilities. The IMSE department has formed extensive research collaborations with several units of the USF Health Sciences Center, including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.
The continued relationship with state government and industry stakeholders, combined with the excellent research infrastructure of USF and the proximity of the medical device manufacturers makes the Center location at USF ideal. The Center for Applied Research in Medical Devices is the first of its kind in the State of Florida. Since the center will be engaged in research within a highly regulated industry, new opportunities will be created to collaborate with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Center for Applied Research in Medical Devices will benefit the medical devices industry, the State of Florida, the University of South Florida and the entire healthcare community.