For the Biomedical Engineering Society BMES category
The biomedical engineering and life science faculty have been busy this past summer implementing new activities and opportunities for our freshman through senior students. Returning students have noticed that room E108 – Bioinstrumentation Lab now has a new look. The biomechanics gait analysis laboratory has secured funding from the DENSO Foundation to support research in human and machine interaction (see story on page xx). We are very excited about this collaboration with the electrical engineering and robotic engineering programs. Freshman students are enjoying working in the new collaboration space in room E109. When you are on your way to the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope or the BioMEMS laboratories, stop by to check out the new learning environment.
The Life Science Advisory Board welcomes two new members. Mrs. Janelle Schrot from Materilize (MIMICS suite) and Dr. Ren You from Terumo Heart Inc. We look forward to working with these members and organizations as we continue to improve and expand the biomedical engineering program.
Finally, the biomedical engineering program thanks all the students and alumni who accepted the invitation to participate in the focus group meetings in the spring semester. The focus groups provided valuable input on the needs and expectations of program graduates. The biomedical engineering program educational objectives articulate the expected capabilities of graduates 3 to 5 years after graduation and they are:
- Graduates of the BSBME program apply foundational sciences and a wide range of engineering principles in order to lead cross-functional teams developing, designing, and verifying the function of medical technologies and services.
- Graduates of the BSBME program conduct translational biomedical engineering research while adhering to government compliance requirements and regulatory protocols.
- Graduates of the BSBME program exhibit and demand the highest ethical and safety standards in their research and profession.
- Graduates of the BSBME program are contributing members of the profession and society, and stay informed of current research and professional developments through advanced graduate studies and life-long education.
Enjoy your fall semester and your journey in discovering Lawrence Technological University!
IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP PEOPLE!!
MichBio’s annual biosciences College Program will be taking place October 16th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, MI. The College Program offers students insightful, career-building advice from knowledgeable industry experts on such topics as:
- What bioscience companies look for in a potential candidate;
- How to sell skills through résumés and applications;
- How to make a memorable and impactful interview;
- Why industry networking and social media during a job search matter; and,
- Case studies on what it is like to work for a small, large, or emerging bioscience company.
If you would like to attend the two day event, your cost would be $29 and you can just use the main link to MichBio to register.
If the students would like to attend only the College Program on Wednesday, October 16 the Office of Career Services will need a list of students who will be attending and if they need transportation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we can make arrangements. All information may be found at:
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Lawrence Technological University (LTU) to help create a new multi-disciplinary bio-robotics lab that will benefit students in two growing bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and robotics engineering. Students in traditional programs in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering will also benefit…
To read more about this exciting development, click this link: Lawrence Tech wins $50,000 DENSO grant for new bio-robotics lab.
Bhavika Patel, Biomedical Engineering Senior
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity of conducting neuro-engineering research at New Jersey Institute of Technology. This National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program was one-of-a-kind research experience. My team and I had the pleasure of working under the direction of NJIT professor who is doing pioneering research in neuro-engineering, It’s burgeoning field that uses engineering to analyze, repair, or enhance the nervous system.
My team’s project is entitled “Encapsulation of Schwann cells for Neurite Outgrowth in a Microfluidic Device”. Our study explored the effectiveness of Schwann cell (SC) microencapsulation for Growth Fact or (GF) release using a microfluidic device for simplified analysis. SC surrounded in a polyelectrolyte membrane, Alginate-Poly-L-Lyine-Alginate (APA), were co-cultured with PC12 cells to model neurite formation. Results showed that microencapsulated SC elicited neurite outgrowth and neural cell differentiation in-vitro. This showed that microencapsulated Schwann cells secrete enough Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) to induce nerve growth. SC encapsulated in APA have yet to be studied in relation to how they differentiate neural cells. This study has showed that after encapsulating SC in APA spheres the SC were able to induce neurite outgrowth from PC12 cells. This concept can be applied to the treatment of nerve regeneration in patients affected by neuropathy.
NJIT’s REU program focused on introducing students to the research process and, at end, it provided a very satisfactory hand-on experience. It taught me to become more independent and intellectual thinkers, and helped me to excel in written, visual, and oral scientific communication.
A note from the Biomedical Engineering office:
The semester has started off with energy and high expectations. We hope that you are well. Dr. Jensen wanted me to pass along some important information sent to us by Career Services, and our own President Moudgil.
On September 18th and 19th, Career Services will be holding an event in the Engineering Building. Employers will be interviewing students who have made reservations through Career Quest. If you are interested in participating in this event, go to your Blackboard portal to register through your Career Quest account to be given an audience by representatives from Gestamp North America Inc., Hittachi Automotive Systems, ESG Automotive Inc., and Yazaki.
Yes, you do have a Career Quest account. If you have a Blackboard account… you have a Career Quest Account !! We are surprised that many students don’t know this.
Register for this event by logging into to your Blackboard account, Click on the Career Services tab at the top right, and this will take you to the “Services for Students” page, next, click on the Career Services Logo and this will open up a page that prompts you to log onto your Career Quest account. Follow the links to register.
At this event you will be able to speak directly with industry experts about ANYTHING! Ask questions about careers, resume, cover letters, or anything about the employment process. These chats are brief 15 minute discussions, so work on your pitch, and be the golden Biomedical Engineer that you are.
Go for it! Even if you feel you are not ready to jump into the work force, this is a great opportunity to rehearse for the “real world”. More to come have a great semester.Best regards, Bridgett Bailiff Secretary, Biomedical Engineering
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By Feng Wei, PhD, and Eric G. Meyer, PhD
American football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. In 2010 more than 1.1 million male high school athletes from more than 14,000 high schools and more than 66,000 male collegiate athletes played football. Participation in high school football has been continuously increasing, with more than 100,000 additional participants (a 12.2% increase) between 1997 and 2007. Football is also a leading cause of sports-related injuries. Out of all high school sports, football has the highest overall injury rate, almost twice that of basketball. Reports estimate that more than 300,000 high school athletes sustain football-related injuries annually…read more. Dr. Meyer
Registration Open for
Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference
April 19, 2013 conference to be held at the
University of Illinois at Chicago Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Ill. 60605
CLICK HERE to register.
Reasons you should attend:
- Get educated on BME career opportunities
- Network with employers and students/alumni of BME programs
- Showcase ongoing research at BME programs
- Registration: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
- Keynotes & Breakout Sessions: 8:20 am – 4:00 pm
- Career Networking Session/Reception: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sponsorships and Exhibits
Call for Abstracts is now open! Click Here for submission instructions.