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Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems (B M E 550) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Apply scaling laws to determine dominant forces and phenomena at various length scales
  • 2
    Apply microfabrication principles to biological and cellular-scale problems
  • 3
    Use microfabrication techniquesto make basic microfluidic devices
  • 4
    Design, build, and test a microfabricated device to solve a biological problem of the student's choosing
  • 5
    Demonstrate life-long learning by researching a contemporary issue in microfluidics and teaching it to the class
Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems
B M E 550 ( 3 Credits )
Introduces students to the field of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems), as it applies to biology and medicine. Topics will cover methodology of traditional MEMS devices, how they can be incorporated with biological systems, and methods for micro-structuring biological materials.
Zool 152, BME 310, or cons inst
College: College of Engineering
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Text book, title, author, and year
Introduction to BioMEMS. Folch, Albert.,Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2012.
Supplemental Materials
Various primary journal articles that capture contemporary topics in the field that are not yet available in the textbook.
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
(1) Understanding of biology and physiology as related to biomedical engineering needs.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), sciences, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology and to model biological systems
(3) Ability to design and conduct experiments, including making measurements and interpreting experimental data from living systems and addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living systems and non-living materials and systems
Brief List of Topics to be Covered
The lecture portion of the course focuses on the history of MEMS and BioMEMS, applications of bioMEMS devices and fabrication methods. The course consists of in-class laboratory sessions and a design project focused around a biomedical microsystem.
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