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New BME Elective Course in Fall 2017

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This 4000 level course will count for one of your BME electives. Please contact Dr. Nasir or Dr. Meyer if you would like to attend but have a time conflict with the current scheduled time as it may be  possible to switch the time.

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2016 Midwest BME Regional Conference

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Are you looking to expand your horizion and make new connections in the field of biomedical engineering? Or maybe even looking for a job after graduation. If you answered yes then you should look into attending the 2016 Midwest BME Regional Conferance held at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on November 4th, 2016. The flyer is attached below for more information but be sure to attend the BMES meeting schedualed for August 30th, 2016 at 5:15 for more infromation.

 

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Taubman Complex Progress

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As we make our way through summer we move closer to the opening of the newest building on campus, the Taubman Complex. The Taubman Complex was designed with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in mind as it aims to bring together biomedical engineering, robotics, life sciences and architectural engineering under one roof. The building will feature new lab spaces and studio classrooms to build upon the idea of theory and practice.

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The move in date for the Taubman Complex is set for July 5, 2016. As the day approaches construction is starting to wind down as they move closer to completion and begin stocking it with equipment and furniture.  Be sure to check out some of the sneak peek photos posted below.

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Qualified Self and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Webinar (May 16th, 2016)

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Monday, May 16, 2016
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  EDT
www.engineeringunleased.com

Have you been looking for more ways to expand the learning of your students? Or maybe you are looking for a way to bridge together what students are learning and the real world entrepreneurial side that struggles to find its way into the classroom. Well for the answers to this questions and many others be sure to join us on this webinar focused on the entrepreneurial mindset.

Dr. Eric Meyer and Dr. Mansoor Nasir’s teaching approach is to give all students in biomedical engineering multiple opportunities to practice entrepreneurially minded learning (EML). Discover how they developed EML modules centered on the theme of Quantified-Self (QS) devices. The presenters will describe how this project has impacted their early faculty career development, led to course revisions, and is currently being utilized by faculty around the country.

All participants will be given access to the EML activities utilizing QS devices to implement in their own classrooms.

To reserve your spot make sure to register here.

Welcome Letter from the BME Director

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Team Bike Raptor is a collaboration project between LTU and University of Detroit-Mercy (UDM) and the group is comprised of three students each from Biomedical Engineering students (LTU), Mechanical Engineering and  Nursing (UDM). The goal is to design and fabricate a working device for our client who was in an automobile accident and sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him with incomplete quadriplegia. The client has made some recovery and he has recovered some of the movement in his arms. It was determined that a custom exercise device will aid in his rehabilitation. The machine, Bike-Raptor, targets strengthening of muscles and increasing range of motion. The design allows the client to push on pedal-like handles attached to a wheel with magnetic resistance mechanism. It is our hope that this machine will improve his rehabilitation efforts so he can gain independence at a faster pace than without this type of exercise.

Introducing the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program at Lawrence Tech

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These are exciting times for biomedical engineers. As the so-called “baby-boomers” reach 70 years of age next year, we are faced with an older population demographic as well as numerous challenges not yet fully addressed in our field.

The MSBME program (Flyer) is designed to enhance the knowledge of advanced and emerging topics in the field. Lawrence Tech’s signature combination of theory and practice provides you with enhanced knowledge of specialized tools and technologies, the ability to formulate and solve advanced engineering problems, design systems or processes, and evaluate complex systems and newly created knowledge. Our faculty have expertise in biomechanics, tissue engineering, bioMEMS, bioinstrumentation, and medical imaging. They are your partners as you work on applied research and design projects.

Students will take one advanced mathematics and one advanced biology/physiology course, three biomedical engineering courses and one to three additional elective courses to complete the degree (MSBME Flowchart). Your selection of courses from wide spectrum of topics provides the ability to tailor your degree to fit your interests. Finally, you will also have the option to complete either a Master’s Design Project or a Master’s Research Thesis for the capstone experience. Early in the program, you can select a BME faculty member to serve as your adviser and to work with to determine the scope of your Project or Thesis work.

The eligibility for the program is not limited to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering; interested students from other engineering and science backgrounds are also eligible to enroll in this program. Up to two of the courses may be completed during a dual-enrollment option or transferred from another graduate program (5year dual enrollment).

It is a challenging curriculum. I am confident that each of our students will be up to the task, and I very enthusiastically welcome you. You can find various current activities as well as our faculty interests on our website.

Eric G. Meyer, PhD (emeyer@ltu.edu), Director of Master’s Program, Biomedical Engineering

Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards

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Ten Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards of up to $1,000 each are available to undergraduate students to pursue basic or applied research projects with a faculty mentor.

Application Deadline:
November 1, 2015

Click on the link below to go to view the application.

Research Award Application

New Graduate Course Starting F2015

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BME 6303 “Cellular Mechanobiology” is being offered for the first time during the Fall semester of 2015.

Dr. Eric G. Meyer is excited to lead this course covering cutting edge topics in Biomedical Engineering. Specifically, the course will cover the biochemical signaling that occurs in cells in response to various mechanical environmental conditions. Topics include the mechanical behavior of live cells during cell motility, force generation, and interaction with the extracellular matrix; the advanced biomechanical testing tools used for in vitro characterization of living cells; the mechanotransduction processes that convert mechanical forces into biochemical signaling in cells, tissues, and organs.

The textbook is Introduction to Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology By; Jacobs, Huang, and Kwon. ISBN 978-0-8153-4425-4. Additional references will be provided as needed.

Introduction, Concepts, the Cell as a Framework
Historical Foundation
Cell Biology Review
Growth and functional adaptation
Solid Mechanics Review
Fluid Mechanics Review
Statistical Mechanics
Cellular Polymers
Cellular Networks
Cell Membrane
Cell Migration
Cell Contraction
Mechanotransduction
Hormone/Biochemical Influences
Applications in Tissue Engineering
Tendon Mechanoregulation
Cartilage Mechanoregulation
Bone Mechanoregulation
Neovascularization
Comparative Biomechanics

The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:15 PM. Students will be assessed based on occasional homework assignments, projects, in class journal article reviews, and an exam covering the first part of the course.

For more information about this course or the new Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program at LTU, contact Dr. Meyer.

Now accepting applications for NEW Master’s program!

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It is not too late to submit your application to join the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program at Lawrence Tech for the fall semester.

    The MSBME program is designed to enhance the knowledge of professionals for advanced and emerging topics in the field. Lawrence Tech’s signature combination of theory and practice is designed to provide you with enhanced knowledge of specialized tools and technologies, the ability to formulate and solve advanced engineering problems, design systems or processes, and evaluate complex systems and newly created knowledge.
    Our faculty have expertise in biomechanics, tissue engineering, bioMEMS, bioinstrumentation, and medical imaging. They are your partners as you work on applied research and design projects.
    The core of the MSBME program consists of 6-8 lecture courses and 2-4 laboratory, design and/or research courses. Students have a choice of one advanced mathematics and one advanced biology/physiology course, three biomedical engineering courses and one to three additional elective courses to complete the degree. Your selection of courses from wide spectrum of topics provides the ability to tailor your degree to fit your interests.
    Finally, you will also have the option to complete either 1-2 Master’s Design Project courses or 2-3 Master’s Research Thesis courses for the engineering capstone experience. Early in the program, you can select a BME faculty member to serve as your adviser and to work with to determine the scope of your Project or Thesis work.

    The eligibility for the program is not limited to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering; interested students from other engineering and science backgrounds are also eligible to enroll in this program. Up to two of the courses may be completed during a dual-enrollment option or transferred from another graduate program.


It is a challenging curriculum. I am confident that each of our students will be up to the task, and I very enthusiastically welcome you. You can find various current activities as well as our faculty interests on our website

http://www.ltu.edu/engineering/biomedical/

Best Regards,

Eric G. Meyer, PhD
Director of Master’s Program, Biomedical Engineering

ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Seattle, WA

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The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. The conference’s main focus is to promote the exchange of ideas among the different teaching staff on the different teaching methods and curriculum they find best. It is a chance for all to share new ideas and gain knowledge from others. The BME department here at LTU attended the conference.

We had two presentations and a poster:

 

FostIMG_4431ering the entrepreneurial mindset through the development of multidisciplinary learning modules based on the ”Quantified Self” social movement
Dr. Eric G Meyer and Dr. Mansoor Nasir

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Enhancing undergraduate education through research-based learning: a longitudinal case study
Dr. Yawen Li

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Providing Diverse Opportunities for Capstone Projects in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Mansoor Nasir, Dr. Eric G Meyer and Dr. Yawen Li

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