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Course Descriptions

Biomedical Engineering (BE) Undergraduate Courses

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BE 202: Biomechanics

3.00 Credits

Mechanics of deformable bodies. Mechanical properties of biomaterials, bone, ligaments, and muscle. Uniaxial tension, compression, bending, and torsion applied to orthopedic biomechanics. Rigid body planar kinematics and dynamics, finite element techniques with applications to the biomechanics of walking, running, cycling, and other athletic activities. Formerly offered as 265. Prerequisite: ENGR 201.

BE 315: Introduction to Biomedical Systems Analysis

3.00 Credits

This course introduces the techniques for analysis and modeling of biological and physiological systems. Students will derive mathematical models of the systems developed in the co-requisite physiology and apply them to generate simulation data. Time and frequency domain issues will be addressed. Students will use computer methods to solve problems in data analysis, system identification, and model validation. Prerequisite ENGR 222, co-requisite BIOL 518.

BE 398: Junior Biomechanical Design

3.00 Credits

Fundamentals of biomechanical design and design of mechanical elements for use in orthopedics and rehabilitation. Integration of static analysis, stress analysis, and failure theories with practical biomedical design constraints. Use of CAD, finite element techniques and interactive anthropometric computer graphics in ergonomics and rehabilitation. Group design homework projects in rehabilitation or other biomedical applications. Formerly offered as 298. Prerequisites: ENGR 106, 201; BE 202.

BE 401: Biomaterials

3.00 Credits

Introduction to materials, their surface and mechanical properties. Biomaterials used in prosthetic devices, dentures, arterial grafts, orthopedic implants, and other medical applications. Biocompatibility, biomaterial/tissue interactions, and other factors involved in the design of implants, biosensors and neuroprostheses.

BE 413: Biomedical Instrumentation I

3.00 Credits

no description available

BE 418: Sensor Applications in Neurorehabilitaton

3.00 Credits

This project based course will focus on the development and testing of novel technologies to monitor human movement in the real-world environment. The availability of low-cost, low-power, miniature sensors opens up potential applications for devices that can provide new data for quantitative assessment of the impact of neurological diseases that limit activity. Students will work together on a specific project and technology. Tasks will include quantifying the performance of the sensors, performing a literature review of comparable devices on the market or under development, adapting the technology to a device that has commercial potential, and collecting data from human trials to evaluate the feasibility of the product and performing a market analysis.

BE 421: Neural Control of Movement

3.00 Credits

no description available

BE 491: Seminar in Biomedical Engineering

0 Credits

Presentations by faculty, graduate students, and guest speakers in the areas related to Biomedical Engineering; may include visits to laboratories and industry. Professional aspects of Biomedical Engineering presented through lectures and discussions by guest speakers, field trips, films, panel discussions.

BE 494: Research Practicum

3.00 Credits

Students identify a BE faculty member who will mentor an independent research project based in their lab. The goals of the course are to allow the student to focus in-depth on a relevant topic of interest. Students will gain first-hand experience with laboratory skills and research methodologies, working directly with graduate students and other researchers. Typical projects may include design and performance of experiments, data collection and analysis. The final deliverable is a paper that summarizes the work performed.

BE 495: BMED Internship Projects

3.00 Credits

Biomedical engineering internship projects. On-campus faculty supervised or off-campus student training, in which students are co-supervised by a professional at the supporting institution and a biomedical engineering faculty member. Includes a proposal, a mid-term report, and a final project presentation and report.

BE 497: BMED Senior Design

3.00 Credits

Primary component is student design projects in biomedical or rehabilitation engineering. Also, guest lectures and group discussions deal with patent searches and application, product liability, the role of technical standards, the FDA regulatory process for medical devices, research and development, and professionalism. Prerequisite: BE 398.

BE 499: BMED Senior Project Lab

3.00 Credits

Laboratory experiments and design projects in areas of biomedical engineering. Topics may include measurements of cell deformability, adhesive strength, and parameters of cell migration. Primary component is student design projects and their presentation in class.