Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering offers an undergraduate program in biomedical engineering leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Biomedical engineering is concerned with solving and understanding problems in biology and medicine by using principles, methods, and approaches drawn from engineering science and technology. Biomedical engineering students work in modern teaching laboratories structured around computer-based engineering workstations and receive intensive academic training in engineering design and analysis principles as well as life science concepts. The senior design course integrates learning in previous engineering courses to solve actual biomedical engineering problems that help prepare students for employment or graduate study. The curriculum provides a solid foundation of courses in physical, life, and engineering sciences, as well as mathematics. Courses in biomedical engineering advance and apply the engineering science to medical devices and living systems.
Wright State's BME program will produce biomedical engineers who will:
- Objective 1: Engage in a career path in BME or a related field.
- Objective 2: Participate in life-long learning through continuing professional education.
- Objective 3: Work in a team environment, including multidisciplinary teams, and communicate effectively, both written and orally.
Current efforts in biomedical engineering at Wright State University include developing medical and surgical instrumentation, designing rehabilitative assistive and intelligent prosthetic/orthotic devices, medical imaging (including computed tomography and ultrasound), biomimetics, orthopedic implants, tissue engineering constructs with stem cells (heart, chronic wounds, bone, central nervous system), nanomedicine (nanoparticles for treating various types of cancer and atherosclerosis), and biomedical microdevices. Many of these areas require interfacing complex systems with computer data acquisition and subsequent modeling and analysis with modern engineering software.
Two separate curricula are available. Curriculum A is the traditional ABET accredited degree program. Curriculum B, in addition to being ABET accredited, prepares students to apply for medical school or other medical/health science graduate programs. Students who transfer between curricula must complete the final curriculum in total.
Biomedical engineers are employed in industry, hospitals, research facilities, government laboratories, and universities in areas such as artificial organs, biomechanics, drug delivery systems, automated patient monitoring, artificial joints, prosthetics, and medical imaging technologies. Graduates may also pursue graduate studies in engineering or life sciences.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering and scientific solutions in a global and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- The skill to use modern engineering tools and techniques
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