Biomedical Engineering

  • ENG BE 780: Brain Machine Interfaces
    Brain Machine Interfaces introduces major approaches and central challenges in BMI applications. An initial overview will cover low-level details of interfacing with neural tissue, including electrode and optical designs, types of neural signals, and issues of biocompatibility and signal degradation. The core of the course will consider applications, with topics focused on (1) signal decoding approaches in motor control applications, signal to noise requirements, and effects of training and plasticity, and (2) neural stimulation, including choice of peripheral vs. central targets, consequences of topographic organization, types of perceptual responses, and limits to control of distributed systems. Special emphasis will be placed on comparing and critiquing the expanding range of applicable technologies, from in-dwelling microelectrodes to cutting edge neurophotonic tools. To follow rapid changes in the field, course materials will be drawn primarily from research literature. In addition to readings, discussion and computational exercises, students will complete a final project. This is a 4 credit course.
  • ENG BE 790: Biomedical Engineering Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Required for graduate students in biomedical engineering.
    Discussion of current topics in biomedical engineering. Students are expected to read assigned journal articles and to participate actively in weekly discussion meetings. Meetings organized around presentations by invited guests of their research problems, strategy, and technique.
  • ENG BE 791: PhD Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Rotation System
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PhD standing in biomedical engineering.
    This course allows PhD students to take part in a laboratory rotation system. During these rotations, students become familiar with research activity within departmental laboratories that are of interest to them. These rotations help students identify the laboratory in which they will perform their dissertation research. Postbachelor's PhD students must complete three rotations: one in their first semester of matriculation, and two in their second semester. Post- master's PhD students must complete a minimum of two rotations, one of which must be in their first semester of matriculation. Normally each rotation will last up to seven weeks. Variable cr.
  • ENG BE 792: Critical Literature Review
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First year BME PhD graduate students only.
    Peer-reviewed publications in the area of biomedical engineering will be critically evaluated. Scientific ethics and the process of review and publication of manuscripts will be discussed. The classes will be a mix of didactic information and group discussion. Methodological issues covered will include study design, techniques used, and interpretation of research findings. Students completing this course will understand the principles underlying preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts and will be able to apply these principles as they read the scientific literature. 2 cr
  • ENG BE 795: Biomedical Innovation Strategies
    This lecture and discussion course will introduce BME graduate students to advanced analylical and strategic planning tools and techniques used by biomedical, biotech, and healthcare companies to anticipate, evaluate, and incorporate breakthrough medical innovations. Senior executives and strategic planners, along with investors, advisors, and clinical innovators will share insights through guest lectures, cases, interviews, and discussions with BME PhD and Masters students interested in biomedical research and product development in the private sector.
  • ENG BE 801: Teaching Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Students must be in the BME PhD program.
    This course cannot be used to meet the structured course requirements. Practical teaching experience for an assigned course, includes some combination of running discussion sections, managing laboratory sections, providing some lectures, preparing homework and solution sets, exams, and grading. Attend lectures/seminars on best teaching practices. 4 cr
  • ENG BE 802: Teaching Practicum II
    Practical teaching experience. 4 cr
  • ENG BE 900: PhD Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
    Graduate Prerequisites: Restricted to pre-prospectus PhD students.
    Prerequisite: restricted to pre-prospectus PhD students. Participation in a research project under the direction of a faculty advisor leading to the preparation and defense of a PhD prospectus. Variable cr.
  • ENG BE 951: Independent Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: By petition only.
    A course of reading under the direction of a faculty advisor covering subject matter not available in a lecture course. Final report or examination normally required. Variable cr
  • ENG BE 952: Mentored Project
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BME MS program.
    Students who are pursuing a project to satisfy their practicum requirement for the MS degree will register for up to 4 credits of this course. The course may be taken more than once for up to four credits (ex. two credits in Fall, two credits in Spring). Students will select a suitable project with a mentor that can be completed in 4 credits. The BME Graduate Committee must approve all proposed projects. Each student must write a project report and/or deliver a formal presentation at the end of the course that will be graded by their project mentor. All reports and presentation materials must be received by the BME Graduate Committee.
  • ENG BE 954: MS Thesis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.
    Graduate Prerequisites: Restricted to MS students by petition only.
    Participation in a research project under the direction of a faculty advisor leading to the preparation of an original MS thesis. For students pursuing an MS thesis to satisfy the practicum requirement for the MS degree.
  • ENG BE 991: PhD Dissertation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
    Graduate Prerequisites: BE 900; restricted to post-prospectus PhD students.
    Participation in a research project under the direction of a faculty advisor leading to the preparation and defense of an original PhD dissertation.