Using Biomedical Engineering to Solve our Healthcare Needs
Biomedical Engineering is a confluence of engineering, computer science, and life science, and aims to solve health problems and thereby improve the quality of life. Being such a broad field, the typical college freshman can be overwhelmed with understanding what biomedical engineering is specifically about, finding out which of the sub-disciplines aligns with their interests, and most importantly determining whether the field is one that they would want to pursue a career in. This course thus offers students an introductory exploration of biomedical engineering and its sub-disciplines; it also elucidates some of the tools employed in designing and optimizing biomedical systems, such as computer aided designing, simulation, and microcontroller programming. Students will have the opportunity to work on team-based and individual assignments that emphasize critical thinking, scientific problem analyses, and communication-skills essential for a successful biomedical engineering career.
After completion of the course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of biomedical engineering in medical innovation and technology. Students will be able to describe the sub-disciplines of biomedical engineering and background required to be proficient in each area. Students will also develop problem analyses, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Session 2B: July 5th - July 23rd
MWF 2:30pm - 5:00pm EST
(no on-campus element)
This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:
- Learn how to program a microcontroller to enable a medical device perform a given task
- Simulate and design biomedical systems
- Learn how artificial body tissues and organs are synthesized in the lab
Meet the Professor
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 encryption systems to biomedical diagnostic instruments for early-stage cancer detection. He has also taught courses in Foundations of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Measurements, Bioinstrumentation, Bioinstrumentation optics, 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 in them a passion for science and engineering.