Redesigning the Neonatal ICU

Applying design thinking principles to a challenging medical setting

Fall 2014
Tue/Thu 3:15p – 5:05p
Studio 2
ME 359
3 Units
Letter Grade
Launching 2014

Redesigning the Neonatal ICU will inform students about current challenges in the NICU environment through expert speakers, literature, CAPE simulations and field trips. Simultaneously, we will be studying the users: their environment, their behavior, and their emotions. Our goal is to identify needs that will lead to product, system, or service innovation that will improve safety and quality of care. Student groups will have structured access to NICU clinicians at LPCH, as well as parents of preterm infants for conducting ethnography. Opportunities for direct observation in three different Bay Area hospitals are planned as well. Physical prototypes and/or scenarios can be tested and presented at CAPE’s simulation lab to give students a realistic environment in which to evaluate and present their ideas. For more information, and to see a confirmed list of guest speakers for this class, please visit our class website.

Enrollment limited to 20 graduate students.
Application closed

Teaching Team
Jules Sherman, JS Design Group Inc., Maternal Life, LLC
Dr. William Rhine, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital


Redesigning the Neonatal ICU