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Grad Catalog 01-03

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and
Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree
Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields
of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of
Graduate Studies
Committees

APPENDIX
Course
Abbreviations

 

    

Biomedical Engineering

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Biomedical Engineering: BME

384N. Acoustics.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Electromechanical Sensors/Actuators.
Same as Electrical Engineering 384N (Topic 3: Electromechanical Sensors/Actuators) and Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 3: Electromechanical Sensors/Actuators). Electrical, mechanical, and acoustical dynamics; principles of energy conversion, transducer laws, and representation; effects of the transducer characteristics on accuracy and efficiency of energy transformation.

Topic 7: Ultrasonics.
Same as Electrical Engineering 384N (Topic 7: Ultrasonics) and Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 7: Ultrasonics). Acoustic wave propagation in liquids and solids and at interfaces; transducers, arrays; imaging and sonar systems.

385. Cell and Tissue Engineering.
Use of case studies to explore the physiology and biology of different tissues and organs of the body, including pathologies of tissue, current clinical treatments, and the role of engineers in developing new technologies to diagnose and treat these pathologies. Emphasis on the use of quantitative cellular and molecular techniques. Applications of synthetic and natural biomaterials. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Biology 302 or 303 or consent of instructor.

385J, 685J. Topics in Biomedical Engineering.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or as required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering and consent of instructor. Only topic 17 is offered under the number 685J.

Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 1) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers). An overview of cellular biology, including functional cellular anatomy, DNA replication and the cell cycle, protein synthesis, membrane structure and function, energy metabolism, cellular homeostasis, and cell repair and death; and functional anatomy and physiology of the basic tissues. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 2) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers). The functional anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems; representative pathologic disorders associated with these organs. An overview of general pathologic processes, with emphasis on the influences of normal and abnormal organ anatomy, physiology, and disease on the definition and solution of biomedical engineering problems. Two lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Additional prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 1) or the equivalent.

Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 3) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena). Examines the physiological bases of bioelectricity and the techniques required to record bioelectric phenomena both intracellularly and extracellularly; the representation of bioelectric activity by equivalent dipoles and the volume conductor fields produced. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 4: Electrophysiology of the Nervous System.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 4) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 4: Electrophysiology of the Nervous System), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 4: Electrophysiology of the Nervous System), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 4: Electrophysiology of the Nervous System). Introduction to anatomy, physiology, and function of the human nervous system. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 5) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics). Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and dynamics of the cardiovascular system, with emphasis on the design and application of electrical and mechanical devices for cardiac intervention. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 9) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal). The thermal response of random media in interaction with laser irradiation. Calculation of the rate of heat production caused by direct absorption of the laser light, thermal damage, and ablation. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 11) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces). Students gain firsthand knowledge of the instrumentation, procedures, and organization of a modern hospital. Class sessions are held in the different clinical services and laboratories of the hospital. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 12) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer). Heat transfer in biological tissue; determination of thermodynamic and transport properties of tissue; thermal effects of blood perfusion; cryobiology; numerical modeling methods; clinical applications. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 339, Chemical Engineering 353, or the equivalent.

Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 13) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology).

Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 15) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis). Theory and classification of biological signals such as EEG, EKG, and EMG. Data acquisition and analysis procedures for biological signals, including computer applications. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 16) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical). The optical behavior of random media such as tissue in interaction with laser irradiation. Approximate transport equation methods to predict the absorption and scattering parameters of laser light inside tissue. Port-wine stain treatment; cancer treatment by photochemotherapy; and cardiovascular applications. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 17) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems). Biomedical Engineering 685J (Topic 17) is same as Electrical Engineering 685J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems). Design, testing, patient safety, electrical noise, biomedical measurement transducers, therapeutics, instrumentation electronics, and microcomputer interfaces. Several case studies are presented. Additional topics are covered in Biomedical Engineering 685J (Topic 17). Four structured laboratories and an individual project laboratory. Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 17) and 685J (Topic 17) normally meet with Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 17) and 685J (Topic 17). Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 18) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing). Physical principles and signal processing techniques used in thermographic, ultrasonic, and radiographic imaging, including image reconstruction from projections such as CAT scanning, MRI, and millimeter wave determination of temperature profiles. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Additional prerequisite: Electrical Engineering 371R (or 379K [Topic 12: Digital Image Processing]).

Topic 19: Neuropathophysiology/Prostheses.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 19) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 19: Neuropathophysiology/Prostheses), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 19: Neuropathophysiology/Prostheses), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 19: Neuropathophysiology/Prostheses). Detection and treatment of disorders of the nervous system: neuromuscular and cerebrovascular disease, brain tumors, psychiatric and developmental disorders. Prostheses for hearing, visual, and limb impairments. Students design and test a neuroprosthesis. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 20) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics). Modeling and simulation methods for nonlinear biological processes, including coupling across multienergy domains; practical implementation by bond graph techniques. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 344 or consent of instructor.

Topic 22: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 22) is same as Kinesiology 395 (Topic 33: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics) and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 22: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics). Synthesis of properties of the musculotendon and skeletal systems to construct detailed computer models that quantify human performance and muscular coordination. Additional prerequisite for kinesiology students: Mathematics 341 (or 311) and Kinesiology 395 (Topic 36: Biomechanics of Human Movement).

Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 23) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy). Measurement and interpretation of spectra: steady-state and time-resolved absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence, and Raman spectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared portions of the spectrum. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating Modalities.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 26) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating Modalities), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating Modalities), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating Modalities). Engineering aspects of electromagnetic fields that have therapeutic applications: diathermy (short wave, microwave, and ultrasound), electrosurgery (thermal damage processes), stimulation of excitable tissue, and electrical safety. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 27) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics). The history and status of genetic engineering; potential applications in medicine, agriculture, and industry; ethical and social issues surrounding the engineering of biological organisms; ethics in engineering practice in physical and biological realms. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 28) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography). Basic principles of optical tomographic imaging of biological materials for diagnostic or therapeutic applications. Optical-based tomographic imaging techniques including photothermal, photoacoustic, and coherent methodologies.

Topic 29: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 29) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 29: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 29: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 29: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering). Introduction to engineering analysis of transport phenomena in living systems, including fluid flow, heat transfer, pharmacokinetics, and membrane fluxes with clinical applications.

Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 30) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics). Modeling and simulation of human movement; neuromuscular control; computer applications; introduction to experimental techniques. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester.

Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 31) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I). Application of electrical engineering techniques to analysis and instrumentation in biological sciences: pressure, flow, temperature measurement; bioelectrical signals; pacemakers; ultrasonics; electrical safety; electrotherapeutics.

Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering.
Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 32) is same as Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering), Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering), and Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering). An in-depth examination of selected topics, such as optical and thermal properties of laser interaction with tissue; measurement of perfusion in the microvascular system; diagnostic imaging; interaction of living systems with electromagnetic fields; robotic surgical tools; ophthalmic instrumentation; noninvasive cardiovascular measurements. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 31).

395. Advanced Topical Studies.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Dynamics I.
Same as Kinesiology 395 (Topic 7: Dynamics I). Basic principles of rigid-body kinematics. Theory is emphasized, especially Kane's method of dynamics. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 324.

Topic 2: Dynamics II.
Same as Kinesiology 395 (Topic 35: Dynamics II). Introduction to the formulation of dynamical equations of motion; students solve complex dynamics problems using the computer. Additional prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering 395 (Topic 1).

197, 297, 397, 597, 697. Research Problems.
Problems selected by the student with approval of the faculty adviser. For each semester hour of credit earned, three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in biomedical engineering.

197S. Graduate Seminar in Biomedical Engineering.
The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in biomedical engineering and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Biomedical Engineering 698A.

398R. Master's Report.
Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in biomedical engineering and consent of the graduate adviser.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering 399R, 699R, or 999R.


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About the Program: Biomedical Engineering

      

 

Graduate Catalog

Contents
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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