Courses

Introduction to Probability

ENG BE 200 (2 credits)

An introductory course designed for sophomore engineering students that introduces the fundamentals of probability and statistics without the use of transforms. Coverage includes descriptive statistics, basics of probability theory, multiple random variables, expectation, Markov chains, and statistical testing. Computer simulations of probabilistic systems are included. Examples are taken from engineering systems. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to ENG EC 381. 2.0 cr

2016FALLENGBE200 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MW 10:00 am 11:00 am PHO 206
2016FALLENGBE200 B1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EPC 204
2016FALLENGBE200 B2, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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T 1:00 pm 2:00 pm SOC B59
2016FALLENGBE200 B3, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 2:00 pm 3:00 pm EPC 206
2016FALLENGBE200 B4, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EPC 206
2017SPRGENGBE200 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
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MW 2:30 pm 3:20 pm
2017SPRGENGBE200 B1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:35 pm 4:25 pm
2017SPRGENGBE200 B2, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 4:40 pm 5:30 pm
2017SPRGENGBE200 B3, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:30 pm 8:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE200 B4, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:30 pm 8:15 pm

Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology

ENG BE 209 (4 credits)

Introduction to the molecular, physical and computational principles of cell function in the context of cutting-edge applications in bioengineering and medicine. Biological concepts include: molecular building blocks, energetics, transport, metabolism, nucleic acids, gene expression and genetics. Applications include bioenergy, synthetic biology, the human genome project, and gene circuit engineering. Labs will teach fundamental techniques of molecular biology including a multi-week module where students build and quantify bacterial gene expression system. Labs emphasize the experimental, problem solving, and analytical skills required in modern engineering and research. 4.0 cr

2016FALLENGBE209 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 12:00 pm 2:00 pm PHO 211
2016FALLENGBE209 B1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 12:00 pm 3:00 pm SCI 305
2016FALLENGBE209 B2, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:00 pm 7:00 pm SCI 305
2016FALLENGBE209 B3, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:00 pm 3:00 pm SCI 305
2017SPRGENGBE209 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:55 am
2017SPRGENGBE209 B1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE209 B2, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:30 pm 9:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE209 B3, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE209 B4, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 8:00 am 10:45 am
2017SPRGENGBE209 H1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm

Signals and Systems in Biomedical Engineering

ENG BE 401 (4 credits)

Signals and systems with an emphasis on application to biomedical problems. Laplace transforms, Fourier series, Fourier integral, convolution and the response of linear systems, frequency response, and Bode diagrams. Introduction to communication systems, multiplexing, amplitude modulation, and sampling theorem. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to ENG SC 401. 4 cr

2016FALLENGBE401 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 2:00 pm 4:00 pm LSE B03
2016FALLENGBE401 A3, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:00 am 12:00 pm LSE B03

Control Systems in Biomedical Engineering

ENG BE 402 (4 credits)

Mathematical analysis of dynamic and linear feedback control systems. Emphasis on application to physiological systems, physiological transport, pharmacokinetics, glucose/insulin control, and respiratory control. Performance criteria. Root locus, Nyquist, and other stability criteria. State space analysis with state variable feedback control. Design and compensation. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to ENG EC402. 4 cr

2017SPRGENGBE402 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 9:00 am 10:45 am
2017SPRGENGBE402 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 9:05 am 9:55 am
2017SPRGENGBE402 B2, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:20 pm 1:10 pm
2017SPRGENGBE402 B3, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:25 pm 2:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE402 B4, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 3:35 pm 4:25 pm

Principles of Continuum Mechanics and Transport

ENG BE 419 (4 credits)

This is an introductory course that presents the subjects of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and transport phenomena in a unified form using the conservation principles (laws of physics) and the mathematical framework of vectors, tensors and matrices. The basic concepts of strain, stress, conservation of mass, momenta and energy, constitutive laws, and applications to solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, diffusion processes and heat transfer will be presented. Illustrative examples from engineering and applied sciences will be provided with each topic. The course will prepare students for advanced courses in traditional fields (elasticity, fluid mechanics, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity, rheology, transport phenomena) as well as emerging fields (nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational mechanics). 4 cr

Introduction to Solid Biomechanics

ENG BE 420 (4 credits)

Many vital physiological functions including locomotion, respiration, circulation, and mechanotransduction are mechanical in nature and are linked to forces and deformation. Mechanics is also critical for development of medical devices and instruments. The main goal of this course is to acquaint students with concepts of stress, strain, constitutive laws and their applications to biomechanics of cells and tissues. The focus will be on theoretical developments. The first part of the course is focused on problems of mechanics of deformable solids including extension, bending, buckling and torsion of beams, as well as the concept of cellular tensegrity. The second, and the greater part of the course is focused on the basic concepts of the theory of elasticity. Topics include: vector and tensor algebra and calculus, kinematics of deformation, stress analysis, constitutive equations. In addition to the linear (Hookean) elasticity, non-linear elasticity is also presented to describe mechanical behavior of biological tissues and cells. The last chapter is devoted to basic concepts of linear viscoelasticity, including stress relaxation, creep and hysteresis. Illustrative examples from tissue and cell biomechanics will be given where appropriate. The course will prepare students for advanced courses in traditional fields of solid mechanics (elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity), finite element analysis, as well as emerging fields (mechanobiology, computational mechanics, nanotechnology, biotechnology). Design elements will be included in projects. 4 cr

Device Diagnostics and Design

ENG BE 428 (4 credits)

BE 428 is a project-based course developing fundamentals of the design aspects of biomedical devices and diagnostics. Students will identify design needs, evaluate possible solutions, build prototypes and analyze failure modes and their effects. At every stage of the design process, they will present to the rest of the class to obtain feedback on their designs. The course is designed for undergraduates in their Sophomore and Junior years and satisfies a course elective requirement for the Technology Innovation concentration. Case studies of biomedical device designs and hands-on prototyping sessions are used extensively throughout the course. These, as well as guest lectures and discussion sections, are designed to encourage students to consider the broader social contexts of engineering and design. Basic theory, homeworks, and brainstorming sessions will be applied towards problem identification, materials selection, and failure mode evaluation.Topics include: needs identification; materials classes; materials selection for medical devices and diagnostics; failure analysis; biocompatibility; regulatory requirements as they pertain to design, manufacturing and marketing; technology assessment strategies; and engineering ethics. Several case studies of successful and unsuccessful biomedical device design are introduced and discussed throughout the course. 4 cr

2016FALLENGBE428 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 12:00 pm 2:00 pm LSE B03
2016FALLENGBE428 A2, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:00 pm 4:00 pm LSE B03
2017SPRGENGBE428 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE428 A2, Dec 31st to Dec 31st 2017
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TBD TBD

Transport Phenomena in Living Systems

ENG BE 435 (4 credits)

Biological systems operate at multiple length scales and all scales depend on internal and external transport of molecules, ions, fluids and heat. This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of biological transport and to apply these fundamentals in understanding physiological processes involving fluid, mass and heat transfer. Students will learn the fundamental conservation principles and constitutive laws that govern heat, mass and momentum transport processes and systems as well as the constitutive properties that are encountered in typical biological problems. Transport is also critical to the development and proper functioning of biological and medical instruments and devices, which will also be discussed. Biomedical examples will include applications in development of the heart-lung machine, estimation of time of death in postmortem cases, burn injuries through hot water, respiratory flow in smokers lungs, etc. 4 cr

2016FALLENGBE435 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MW 10:00 am 12:00 pm PHO 203
2016FALLENGBE435 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 3:00 pm PHO 205
2016FALLENGBE435 B2, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 3:00 pm 4:00 pm PHO 205
2017SPRGENGBE435 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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TBD TBD
2017SPRGENGBE435 B1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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TBD TBD

Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

ENG BE 436 (4 credits)

Fluid mechanics is a discipline that studies motion of gasses and liquids and forces that act on them. A sub discipline of fluid mechanics is biofluid mechanics which is the study of a certain class of biological problems from a fluid mechanics point of view. For example, it helps us to understand blood flow within the cardiovascular system, airflow within the airways of lungs, removal of waste products via the kidneys and urinary system and operation of artificial pumps and microfluidic devices. In this course, the focus will be on the theoretical developments and basic foundations of fluid mechanics using the mathematical framework of vectors and tensors. Topics include: conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in static and moving fluids; constitutive relations for Newtonian and non- Newtonian fluids; viscous flows, with application to microfluidics, flow in porous materials, lubrication, and other areas of biomedical interest; scaling analysis; inertial effects, including boundary layers and unsteady flows. The course will prepare students for advanced courses in fluid mechanics (boundary layer theory, turbulent flow, non-Newtonian fluids, aerodynamics), as well as emerging fields (computational fluid mechanics, microfluidics). 4 cr

2017SPRGENGBE436 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 9:00 am 10:45 am
2017SPRGENGBE436 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 3:35 pm 4:25 pm
2017SPRGENGBE436 B2, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 4:40 pm 5:30 pm

Nanometer Scale Processes in Living Systems

ENG BE 437 (4 credits)

The world at the nanometer-scale is full of dynamic phenomena that are vastly different than those encountered at the macro scale. Biological processes that are of particular contemporary interest, such as cell differentiation, are stimulated by the activity and interaction of biomolecules at the nanoscale. Thus, an understanding of the physics and engineering in such systems is a vital component toward overcoming an immense array of challenging problems in the biological and medical sciences. This course focuses on a conceptual and mechanistic understanding of technologies that permit the study of events at the nanometer scale, including scanning probe microscopes (including AFM) and optical methods such as fluorescence microscopy and related techniques (including single particle tracking, and microrheology).. 4 cr

2017SPRGENGBE437 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 1:30 pm 3:15 pm
TBD TBD

Directed Study in Biomedical Engineering

ENG BE 451 (Var credits)

Individual study of a topic in biomedical engineering not covered in a regularly scheduled course. A faculty member must agree to supervise the study before registration. Term paper and/or written examination. Variable cr.

2016FALLENGBE451 D5, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLENGBE451 R1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLENGBE451 W7, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD

Biomedical Engineering Senior Project

ENG BE 465 (2 credits)

Selection of project and project supervisor must be approved by course instructor. Project is in an area of biomedical engineering, such as biomedical instrumentation, biosensors, tissue engineering, biological signal processing, biological modeling and simulation, clinical imaging or informational systems, etc.Projects will be conducted by teams of two or three students, and projects must include significant design experience. Research of background, planning and initial work on senior design project. Guidance in performing and presenting (in written and oral form) a technical project proposal. Skills in proposal writing, oral presentation techniques. Formal proposal must be approved by technical advisor. 2 cr

2016FALLENGBE465 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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F 12:00 pm 2:00 pm PHO 206
ARR TBD TBD

Biomedical Engineering Senior Project

ENG BE 466 (4 credits)

Completion of project in an area of biomedical engineering. Expanded training in technical project presentation techniques. Includes writing of progress reports, abstracts, final reports. Course culminates with an oral presentation at annual Senior Project Conference. Written final report must be approved by the faculty. 4 cr

2016FALLENGBE466 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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F 12:00 pm 2:00 pm SOC B65
ARR TBD TBD
2017SPRGENGBE466 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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F 12:20 pm 2:05 pm
ARR TBD TBD

Product Design and Innovation in Biomedical Engineering

ENG BE 467 (2 credits)

This course teaches students the basic project skills, regulatory principles and best practices for developing a commercial medical device. Lectures and case studies are augmented by real world examples combining both an academic and industrial perspective. Subject matter includes problem identification, product conceptualization, and design, and intellectual property, and formal development including design controls, risk management, FDA regulatory requirements and clinical trials. Student teams will apply their acquired course knowledge and their engineering skills to design and develop a conceptual medical device. This is a required co-requisite to BE465 in the fall for BME Seniors. 2 cr

2016FALLENGBE467 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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MW 4:00 pm 5:00 pm PHO 203
ARR TBD TBD
2016FALLENGBE467 A2, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 5:00 pm 6:00 pm PHO 203
ARR TBD TBD

Biomedical Measurements I

ENG BE 491 (2 credits)

Laboratory course designed to accomplish four goals: 1) Develop skills for collecting and analyzing biomedical measurements, 2) Learn proper usage of electronic equipment including oscilloscope, function generator, DAQ, 3) Improve oral and written scientific communication skills through lab reports and class term project presentations, and 4) reinforce concepts presented in BE401, including Fourier Analysis, sampling theory, and filtering, with hand-on experiments. 2 cr

2016FALLENGBE491 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PHO 206
2016FALLENGBE491 B1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:00 pm 7:00 pm ERA 209
2016FALLENGBE491 B2, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 4:00 pm 7:00 pm ERA 209
2016FALLENGBE491 B3, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:00 pm 3:00 pm ERA 209
2016FALLENGBE491 B5, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 4:00 pm 7:00 pm ERA 209

Biomedical Measurements II

ENG BE 492 (2 credits)

Laboratory course designed to develop basic instrumentation and analysis skills for physiological and biological measurements. Emphasis will be placed on techniques involving light (spectroscopy and microscopy) and sound (ultrasound). Labs will be focused on data acquisition. Written lab reports will involve quantitative data analysis and interpretation. 2 cr

2017SPRGENGBE492 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 4:40 pm 5:30 pm
2017SPRGENGBE492 B3, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:30 pm 9:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE492 B4, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm
2017SPRGENGBE492 B5, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 9:15 pm

Numerical Methods and Modeling in Biomedical Engineering

ENG BE 503 (4 credits)

This course offers an advanced introduction to numerical methods for solving linear and nonlinear differential equations including ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations. Topics include numerical series, error analysis, interpolation, numerical integration and differentiation, Euler & Runge-Kutta methods, finite difference methods, finite element methods, and moving boundary problems. This course requires knowledge of multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Some knowledge in one computer programming language, such as MATLAB, is required. 4.0 cr

Polymers and Soft Materials

ENG BE 504 (4 credits)

An introduction to soft matter for students with background in materials science, chemistry and physics. This course covers general aspects of structure, properties, and performance polymers, polymer solutions and gels. Emphasis is on chain behavior, local chemical interactions and mechanical behavior across multiple size scales. Topics include methods and kinetics of material synthesis, formation assembly, and phase behavior; models of polymer mechanical behavior; techniques for characterizing the structure, phase and dynamics of soft materials; application of soft materials in biotechnology and nanotechnology. Meets with ENG ME 504, ENG MS 504 and PY 744; students may not receive credit for both. 4 cr

2016FALLENGBE504 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm CAS 226

Molecular Bioengineering I

ENG BE 505 (4 credits)

Provides engineering perspectives on the building blocks of living cells and materials for biotechnology. Focuses on origins and synthesis in life and the laboratory, including biological pathways for sythesis of DNA, RNA and proteins; transduction, transmission, storage and retrieval of biological informatin by macromoleclues; polyerase chain reaction, restriction enzymes, DNA sequencing; energetics of protein folding and trafficking; mechanisms of enzymatic catalysts and receptor-ligand binding; cooperative proteins, multi-protein complexes and control of metabolic pathways; generation, storage, transmission and release of biomolecular energy; and methods for study and manipulation of molecules which will include isolation, purification, detection, chemical characterization, imaging and visualization of structure. 4 cr

2016FALLENGBE505 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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TR 10:00 am 12:00 pm PHO 211

Quantitative Studies of the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems

ENG BE 508 (4 credits)

The quantitative physiological aspects of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems are studied. Classical models of these systems are considered including lumped element models, branching tree structures, and distributed parameter models to predict wave propagation in compliant walled tubes filled with compressible or incompressible fluids. Extensive computer models are developed to simulate the behavior of these systems in the frequency and time domains. Includes lab. 4 cr

2017SPRGENGBE508 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
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MW 8:00 am 9:45 am
TBD TBD