Using Biomedical Engineering to Solve our Healthcare Needs
This course is a hands-on one-week program specifically designed for high-school students to demystify esoteric ideas and concepts in biomedical engineering. It is intended to get students interested and motivated in pursuing biomedical engineering so they’re ready to fulfill their roles as the nation’s next generation scientists and researchers. Students work in a semi-informal lab environment and in teams, building prototypes to solve simple engineering problems; the outcome is a fun, fulfilling, and rich experience.
This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:
- An overview of the four main areas of biomedical engineering using a mix of video tutorials and class discussions. The areas are:
- Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering
- Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
- The intricacies of biopac biomeasurement instruments to acquire, analyze, and learn about the body’s physiological signals such as the EKG (from the heart), EMG (from the muscles), and EEG (from the brain).
- What it is like to work within a virtual labs as a means of engaging with some of the exoteric experiments in biomedical engineering - for example building artificial human organs, are conducted.
- Introductory lectures on basic biomedical engineering concepts to ensure a shared base knowledge in the classroom
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the four major branches of biomedical engineering and the relevant skills and knowledge required to become a biomedical engineer in that area.
- Describe the nature and type of research work conducted in biomedical engineering in each of the four area and how that is shaping our world.
- Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Dr. Patrick Kumavor is an associate professor-in-residence in the biomedical engineering department of the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Dr. Kumavor has worked on a plethora of research activities ranging from ultra-secure quantum encryption systems to biomedical diagnostic instruments for early-stage cancer detection. He has also taught courses in Foundations of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Measurements, Bioinstrumentation, Junior Design, and Senior Design. In addition, he’s worked with several undergraduate students on Independent Research Study Projects. Dr. Kumavor’s present interest is working with undergraduate students to stimulate a passion for science and engineering, thereby promoting this discipline to the next-generation scientists and ultimately increasing the U.S. STEM workforce.