LIVINGSTON, NJ — Prior to the end of the school year, Johnson & Johnson, along with Steven’s Institute students, provided the Heritage Middle School (HMS) FemGineers with a real-world engineering experience.
Julie McEldoon, a former FemGineer from HMS, is now part of the Engineered Solutions Research & Development Co-op between Stevens Institute of Technology and Johnson & Johnson. When she contacted the FemGineer advisor at HMS, Ken Zushma, to arrange a workshop, it was a natural fit for the program.
McEldoon brought fellow students from Stevens, as well as colleagues from Johnson & Johnson, to HMS to demonstrate the product testing that prototypes must go through to gain FDA approval.
The medical device that the students tested was the Neutragena light therapy mask, a consumer product used to treat acne. Due to what it treats, it is classified as a class II medical device by the FDA.
Students participated in tests that evaluated durability, reliability and power measurements. They also participated in workshops that centered on designing an app for a phone, as well as designing instructions for use.
At the conclusion of the activity, students presented their findings to a mock “FDA” panel and answered questions based on their testing.
McEldoon and Zushma hope to be able to conduct activities like this on a larger scale and more often to help provide meaningful activities to future FemGineer participants.
“Special thanks to Johnson & Johnson, as well as Stevens Institute, for their cooperation and facilitation of a great afternoon for our students,” said Zushma.